Director Ridley Scott is ready for another fight with Gladiator. The 2000 mega-hit that sent Russell Crowe home with an Academy award as well as nabbing “Best Picture” as part of the five Oscar-winning haul is slated for a sequel with Paramount on board to distribute and Peter Craig (The Town, 12 Strong) writing the script.
Grossing $460 million worldwide, the original featured Crowe as Maximus, a General in the Roman army, who is betrayed by the Emperor and left for dead while his family is brutally murdered. He is eventually forced to become a gladiator after being captured by slave traders, who lead him back to Rome to fight as a gladiator while plotting his revenge against Emperor that betrayed him. There is no current release date, nor is it known how the story will continue, as Maximus and antagonist Joaquin Phoenix are killed by the end of the film.