A Sequel to “Gladiator” is Finally in the Works

Russell Crowe in "Gladiator"

Strength and honor are making a return.

18 years after Russell Crowe mesmerized audiences in Gladiator, a sequel is finally in the works.

The original story told the tale of 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 the Emperor who betrayed him.

The film scooped up 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for the 54-year-old.

It is unlikely that Russell will return for the sequel (on account of his character having, you know, died) but director Ridley Scott has already signed on to the project which is being penned by screenwriter for The Town, Peter Craig.

The storyline will center on Lucius, the son of Connie Nielsen’s character Lucilla from the original film. Lucius is the nephew of the Emperor, Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix.

We guess that what we do in life really does echo in eternity.