Oscar’da En İyi Film dahil beş ödül kazanan 2000 yapımı “Gladyatör” filmi, Ridley Scott imzasıyla yeniden beyazperdeye dönüyor. Filmde “Maximus” karakterine hayat veren Russell Crowe, yeni filmle ilgili hislerini paylaştı.
Russell Crowe’s recent admission that he felt “a little bit of jealousy” over the possible development of a Gladiator sequel has caused quite a stir in the entertainment industry.
The 2000 blockbuster, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Crowe as the fictional Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $460 million worldwide and winning five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe.
Despite calls from fans for a sequel over the years, Scott and Crowe had both previously stated their reluctance to revisit the story of Maximus, who dies at the end of the first film.
However, news emerged earlier this year that Paramount Pictures had commissioned a script for a potential Gladiator sequel from screenwriter Peter Craig, leading to speculation that the project could finally be moving forward.
In an interview with E! News, Crowe said that he had spoken to Scott about the sequel, and although he was initially “a little bit cynical” about the idea, he admitted that he had since had a change of heart.
“Honestly, at first, it kind of played to a bit of cynicism about sequels and the industry that I work in,” he said. “But then I had a real conversion with Ridley about it. It’s one of those things that you feel a little bit of jealousy about, because why wasn’t I invited to that conversation?”
Crowe went on to say that he had read the script for the sequel and thought it was “really good”, and that he would be interested in revisiting the character of Maximus if Scott was involved.
“I’m a little bit more open-minded about it now, for sure,” he said. “I’d like to see how Maximus evolves in the next chapter of his life.”
The news has divided fans of the original film, with some excited at the prospect of a sequel and others expressing reservations about the idea.
Critics of the potential project argue that a sequel would be unnecessary and that the original film should be left alone, while supporters say that the story of Maximus is unfinished and that a follow-up could provide closure and give the character the happy ending he deserves.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, it seems that the prospect of a Gladiator sequel is no longer just a pipe dream, and that if it does happen, it could potentially see Crowe reprising one of his most iconic roles.