Russell Crowe starred in the Oscar-winning Gladiator in 2000 (Picture: Universal)
Ridley Scott is getting round to working on Gladiator but he’s got a lot to do first before cracking on with the sequel.
The original film, released in 2000, starred Russell Crowe as a former Roman General sent into slavery who seeks revenge against the emperor who murdered his family.
It won an Oscar the following year while Russell picked up best actor.
Talk of a follow up has been circulating for a while, and the director told Empire exactly where he’s at with it.
There’s also the small matter of finishing his current project Kitbag, about Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power.
‘I’m already having [the next] Gladiator written now,’ he shared.
‘So when I’ve done Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.’
Russell has spoken out about the much-desired sequel – to be set 25 to 30 years after the first – saying he was ‘hopeful’ for the follow up, despite his character Maximus, er, dying at the end of the first one.
‘I keep being like this sort of party pooper when I say, I just wanted to remind you I died in the first one,’ Russell told E! News.
‘So, I don’t really know. This far away, could we play with that? We could…’
He went on: ‘I can tell you those conversations [of a sequel] have been going on since the last day of shooting.
‘There’s been a lot of different ideas of approaching things.’
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