HOLLYWOOD – Ridley Scott announces Gladiator 2 will feature Xenomorph from the Alien series.
Everyone loved it when they heard that Ridley Scott is making Gladiator 2. He spoke with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY about the new film:
Yeah, of course we’re going to bring Russell Crowe back from the dead. He’s going to play Maximus’ twin brother Randy. He’s a lot different from Maximus but he’ll train up because Rome is threatened and we must defend it.
Threatened? By what?
I know. You see one of the reasons I felt reluctant to go back to Ancient Rome is I had decided that I was only going to make films with xenomorphs in them. Prometheus and Alien and all that. Then someone said well why can’t there be Xenomorphs in Rome and then Randy will fight them in the Colluseum? And I said, I like it! And I snapped my fingers. Which is something I only do when it’s a really good idea. Like White Squall. Or GI Jane or something.
What about Nick Cave’s script?
Yeah we wanted to use that but there was one problem.
What was it?
It was shit. The whole thing rhymed. And it would have bits saying Guitar solo and stuff like that.
Gladiator 2: Resurrection comes out in 2020.
HOLLYWOOD – Once more James Cameron is to take over the reins of a Ridley Scott film as he prepares to shoot the Gladiator sequel.
Following close on the news that James Cameron is to direct the sequel of Prometheus came the revelation that he is also prepping a sequel to the Russell Crowe sword and sandal epic Gladiator. Gladiators will be set ten years after the events of the first film. The official synopsis reads:
Maximus Decimus Meridius is dead but not forgotten. The people of Rome have elevated him to the status of a demi-God and a symbol of freedom. Lucilla mourns her dead lover and her son, the new emperor, Lucius Verus, now known as Optimus, believes he is the model of manhood. When Rome is threatened by an invasion of Vandals and Goths from the North, Emperor Optimus with the help of the High Priest of the Temple and necromancer decide to raise Maximus from the dead to lead their armies. Unfortunately, they are too late and the Barbarians are already at the gates of Rome. Killed halfway through the ceremony, the priest manages to complete the incantation and as the invaders celebrate their victory a hoard of Maximuses are brought to life. Will they be able to free Rome and free the imprisoned Lucilla and Emperor Optimus or are they doomed to fight in the Coliseum for the entertainment of Rome’s new Masters?
James Cameron popped into the Studio Exec bungalow to talk about his new film.
I’m looking forward to it. I am putting Avatar on hold to do this and Prometheuses but I believe both films will extend much loved universes and I am confident, following my success with Aliens, that everyone will be happy.
What is it with Ridley Scott’s films in particular?
It’s like this. I consider Aliens to be my first big break. Terminator was a success, but I don’t know if I would have got Terminator 2: Judgement Day without Aliens. So I have a lot of affection for that movie. Whenever Ridley comes out with a film, it is almost a reflex for me to think, would it work in the plural. Sometimes, it’s obvious that it won’t. Thelmas and Louises I wrote a script but the story of two sets of twins who went on a road trip into the badlands of misogyny was never going to work. Matchstick Men was already plural and Black Hawks Down seemed tasteless. More recently I briefly considered The Counselor, but really, what’s the point?
Gladiators will be released in 2018.
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SYDNEY – Everyone was eagerly awaiting cheery Australian songster and Lawless scriptwriter Nick Cave’s sequel to Gladiator – tentatively entitled Gladiator 2 – but Ridley Scott decided to do Prometheus instead.
However, the Studio Exec has managed to get his hands on the Gladiator 2 script.
1. The Colosseum. We begin where the first film ended. The EMPRESS finishes her oration and lowers her arms. The Crowd is hushed. MAXIMUS and COMMODUS lie on the ground dead.
Who will lift this man and carry him to his final resting place?
Senator GRACCHUS comes forward and with the help of the other Gladiators, they lift the body of MAXIMUS. The crowd watches in silence. Petals drift in the the sand. COMMODUS’ body is forgotten where it lies. Stirring music as the funeral procession heads for the gates.
Wait! I’m not dead.
A miracle! Thank the Gods. Oh happy day!
MAXIMUS is helped to his feet. The crowd cheers.
But Commodus stabbed you through the heart with his red right hand.
I know I thought I was going from her (points to EMPRESS) to eternity, but this deflected the blow.
MAXIMUS loosens his breast plate and the steel guitar is revealed which deflected the blow.
T’is stranger than kindness. Quick let him have a (oh mercy) seat.
Give us a song!
Well, I’m a little rusty (strumming guitar: Starts singing). This is a weeping song – Come on everybody.
(Singing)A song in which to weep!
Gladiator 2 will be released in 2015.