*Spoiler Alert! This article contains details from the first Gladiator movie.*
Here was my reaction when I read the news that Gladiator 2 is reportedly being made:
“Holy bleeping #*($(@$!!”
So, as you might imagine, my head darn near exploded from the news. Gladiator remains one of my all-time favorite movies and will likely hold a spot on that mantle until the end of time. For those of you who have lived in a cave for the majority of their lives and do not know what Gladiator is about, please make sure you watch the movie. If you do not feel like watching, the story centers around a general who is betrayed by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), sent off to die and nearly does and makes a rise to the top in the gladiator arena. In the end, Maximus (Russell Crowe) dies by the hand of Commodus in a totally cheap move, but because Maximus is a total beast, he takes out Commodus.
Yes, there are a TON more details within the couple sentences that I outlined, but that is the gist of it. After Gladiator came to an end, I had zero doubt that the story had ended and no more could be made out of it. Making sequels from these epic war movies such as Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan just does not happen. From the limited details about the movie at this point, Gladiator 2 will center around Lucius who was the nephew of Commodus. Lucius had a relatively minor role in the movie, however, his time on screen was very well spent.
While I am beyond thrilled at the news of this movie being made, I do remain slightly nervous about what could happen if Gladiator 2 is a flop. Making sequels out of movies can cause irreversible damage to a series. The original Saw is an incredibly well-made piece of film; however, the series spiraled out of control and caused a lot of people to remember the series in a negative light. I do have a lot of faith in Ridley Scott’s ability to direct, so I like to believe that Gladiator 2 will honor the original properly.
For now, I won’t be able to sit still until this is made.
“Holy bleeping *(#*$()!!!!!” (Yeah, I’m excited).
Thanks to IndieWire for the scoop.