2000's Gladiator is an iconic film. Many consider Gladiator one of the most influential and popular blockbusters of all time. However, while the movie is perfectly fine as a standalone film with no sequel, it appears that the wheels are already in motion for a follow up. What's even better is that the script is officially done.
When is Paramount going to release Gladiator 2?
Paramount first greenlit a Gladiator sequel in November 2018. The original plan was for Ridley Scott to start working on the Gladiator sequel in 2019. However, for various reasons, this never happened and the film kept getting pushed back. It wasn't until earlier this year that we started to hear more about Gladiator 2. Scott himself confirmed that he'll start working on the long and overdue sequel right after he's done filming Kitbag, a historical drama starring Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte.
At the time, all that Scott said was that the script for Gladiator 2 was still in the works. However, ahead of the House of Gucci premiere, he's know confirmed that Gladiator 2's script was already ready.
In a Deadline interview, Scott mentioned that the film's script has "already been written" and that "there are enough components from the first one to pick up the ball and continue [the film]". Unfortunately, Scott didn't reveal more details about Gladiator 2. But, since we know that Kitbag will start filming in 2022, we can assume that production on Gladiator 2 should start in late 2022 if not early 2023.
Despite his death in the first film, Russel Crowe, who portrayed the first film's protagonist in Maximus, is going to reprise his role for the sequel. It's been reported that Gladiator 2 will revolve around Lucius, the son of Roman Empress Lucilla and Lucius Verus who is deceased.
Fans shouldn't expect any more details to hit Gladiator 2. Health be willing, the 82-year-old award-winning director only has Kitbag and Gladiator 2 in the pipeline. If all goes well, we should start hearing more about Gladiator 2 in 2022. In the meantime, fans can look forward to reading more about Scott's thoughts on superhero movies today and watching his most recent work, House of Gucci, as it premieres exclusively in theaters on November 24.