While at SXSW this weekend promoting his new film Alien: Covenant, EW.com asked director Ridley Scott about his long rumored sequel to the 2000 film Gladiator. The movie won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe, it also pulled in over $450 million at the box office. So a follow up would make a lot of sense. One problem is that Crowe's character of Maximus dies in the end. Or at least that would seem like a problem, except Scott has an idea:
I know how to bring him back. I was having this talk with the studio — 'but he's dead.' But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don't know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell's changed a little bit. He's doing something right now but I'm trying to get him back down here.
That sounds like a bit more than just him having an idea. If he's actively trying to get Crowe involved, then there is some 'there' there. And it doesn't seem like getting Crowe back would be too hard as there are reports that the actor commissioned musician Nick Cave in 2009 to write a screenplay that had Maximus making his way through the afterlife. No word if that is connected to Scott's current idea.