Gladiator producer gives promising update about sequel

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Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Dreamworks/Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock - Universal

From Digital Spy

Gladiator producer Douglas Wick has suggested the chances of a sequel are "more than 50 percent".

In a wide-ranging interview with UPROXX, Wick addressed the possibility of a follow-up to the Best-picture winning film, and what shape it would take.

Of course (spoiler alert, if you even need one for a 20-year-old-film), Russell Crowe’s Maximus dies at the end of the film, which presents a bit of a problem. But it seems Wick and director Ridley Scott may have come up with a solution.

Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Dreamworks/Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock - Universal

"It’s funny. I had, literally, two hours ago, a conversation with Ridley about the sequel, which we’re working on," said Wick. "And where we all feel Gladiator is a really unique movie.

"I mean, the main character of the movie is dead. So, when you start a new movie, it’s not like you say, 'Oh, I’ve got a return role for these movie stars.'

"And also, everyone has such respect for the movie, that there’s just real clarity that unless we get it on paper, we’re not going to do it. No one wants some cynical shadow to make some bucks."

Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Dreamworks/Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock - Universal

Asked what he thought the odds of the sequel happening are, he rather confidently replied: "I’d certainly say more than 50 percent".

There's been talk of a Gladiator sequel for years now, and while we still haven't heard much about it, it was reported back in 2018 that Ridley Scott was moving ahead with the project.

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