Filmmaker Ridley Scott recently said the screenplay for his long-awaited 2000 sequel to his Russell Crowe-directed “Gladiator” is already being written and is nearing the top of his priority list. According to The Hollywood Reporter, taking stock in speaking to a magazine, the 83-year-old Oscar-nominated director said, “I already have [the next] Gladiator is now writing. So when I finish Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go. “
The sequel was first announced in November 2018 and is set to follow Lucius, Lucilla’s son of Connie Nielsen and nephew of the power-hungry and immoral Commodus of Joaquin Phoenix. Lucilla and Lucius were both rescued by Maximus de Crowe from the embittered Roman Emperor before the gladiator passed with his own slain family. While promoting the 2019 movie “Men in Black: International,” producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald told a news outlet that the film will pick up about 25 years after the original.
Paramount is supporting the film, with ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘The Batman’ writer Peter Craig writing the screenplay. It will follow Scott’s work on ‘Kitbag’, his drama Napoleon which explores the rise to power of the famous French military and political leader. This film will see the director re-team with Phoenix and Jodie Comer, who will star alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Scott’s “The Last Duel”. The 20th Century Studios historical drama, based on the last legally sanctioned duel in French history, is set for release on October 15.
Scott’s second film this year is the Lady Gaga and Adam Driver-directed biop drama “House of Gucci,” which also stars Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino and is slated for release in November. (ANI)
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