Nick Cave's 'Gladiator' Sequel

by mattdentler
May 6, 2009 6:44 AM
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Madman musical genius Nick Cave is no stranger to strange filmmaking gigs. The man wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed Western, The Proposition, he's acted in a few productions, and scored a bevy of greats like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and documentary The English Surgeon. One of his pet projects, though, that never saw the light of day was a wild screenplay for a Gladiator sequel. The Guardian reports on the details of his "lost" scipt:

Following the success of Gladiator, released in 2000, Crowe and Scott invited Cave to write a script for the sequel. They hoped that the macabre musician could find a creative solution to Gladiator 2's main hurdle – that Maximus, Crowe's character, dies at the end of the first film.

The Bad Seed certainly came up with an inventive solution. According to one blog's synopsis of the script, Crowe's Maximus meddles with Roman gods in the afterlife, is reincarnated, defends early Christians, reunites with his son, and ultimately lives forever – leading tanks in the second world war and even mucking around in the modern-day Pentagon.

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2 Comments

  • vince | November 3, 2009 3:22 AMReply

    what happened to my comment?

  • dasvin | October 26, 2009 3:11 AMReply

    why does maximus have to die???....why can't he be nursed back to health by Galen an actual prominent Roman physician who cared for gladiators and happened to be in the Colosseum the day of the commodus duel.....he can be there as the body is being removed and offers his expertise after determining that Maximus can still be saved using his special skills......you can bring him back and use the 'Spain/family imagery' as he turns back and away from them......you can have a most excellent sequel keeping Maximus alive by this more plausible storyline than what I am reading...............to continue my idea, he mentors the young Lucius and say thwarts a plot to have him and his mother killed.......well? sounds good to me......Cave's idea is somewhat cool but way out there and will more than likely be received and ultimately reviewed as such......KEEP IT IN THE PAST USING MAXIMUS AND LUCIUS as well as some of the other Gladiators that survived..........