Russell Crowe bought a dinosaur head from Leonardo DiCaprio
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Prepare to be entertained again as we return to the brutal world of Ancient Rome where the politics are even more savage and deadly than the battles in the arena. Back in 2000, Scott and his leading man defied every expectation to bring guts and glory back to the tired trope of ‘swords and sandals’ epics to the tune of box office glory and five Oscars. Many have tried and largely failed since to repeat the trick (best not to mention Kit Harington’s disastrous 2014 flop Pompeii) but demand has always been sky-high for a continuation of the Maximus Decimus Meridius saga. Except, of course, that he is dead…
After finally avenging his honour and ending the tyrannical rule of Joaquin Phoenix’s Emperor Commodus, Maximus died on the arena sands, to be reunited in the afterlife with his beloved wife and son, who had been slain at the start of the film.
However, Scott has always spoken about his hopes for a sequel and in the past two years has given exciting updates before news finally broke this week confirming production was about to begin.
Promoting House of Gucci in 2021, Scott told Empire: “I’m already having [the next] Gladiator written now. So when I’ve done Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.”
The ‘Napoleon’ he referred to is Kitbag, the upcoming biopic of the French general and emperor which will also star Gladiator’s Joaquin Phoenix, alongside Jodie Comer as his paramour Josephine.
The director also told Deadline about the Gladiator sequel: “Oh, it’s been written. It’s already been written. We have a good footprint, a good, logical place to go. You can’t just do another Gladiator type movie. You’ve got to follow…there’s enough components from the first one to pick up the ball and continue it.”
Yesterday news broke about filming locations, start dates and casting.
According to sources: “This has been building since 2018 and for a long time it looked like it may never see the light of day but suddenly late last year the production team really sprung into life after settling on a new script which seemed to inspire them.
“A few months later everything was up and running and now it’s well underway. They should be filming by May, which means there’s every chance the movie will be ready some time in 2024.”
Apparently, locations have been scouted around the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate. Everything from Lawrence of Arabia to Scott’s own Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones has been filmed there.
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