Ridley Scott wants to resurrect Russell Crowe’s Maximus for a ‘Gladiator’ sequel

Director Ridley Scott recently discussed a potential sequel to one of his most popular offerings, 2000’s “Gladiator,” at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

By now it’s no spoiler that Scott’s avenging hero, a Hispano-Roman soldier named Maximus Decimus Meridius, dies at the end of the film. But Scott, who’s made a long career out of subverting the audience’s narrative expectations, isn’t going to be prevented from making a sequel by a little thing like a main character’s demise. “I know how to bring him back,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly on Friday. “I was having this talk with the studio — ‘but he’s dead.’ But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don’t know. ‘Gladiator’ was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now, but I’m trying to get him back down here.”

Russell Crowe won an Oscar for the portrayal of the titular gladiator, but the movie’s sleeper star is Joaquin Phoenix as the sneering, preening usurping king Commodus:

 

If I’m being honest, even though my knee-jerk reaction is to make fun of white men and their ideas, a resurrected zombie gladiator movie sounds really freaking tight. I’m picturing Kristen Stewart as the zombie gladiator’s apprentice, but then again, I’m pretty much always picturing Kristen Stewart.

Scott was at SXSW to promote the release of “Alien: Covenant,” which hits theaters May 19. Here’s the red band trailer.

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