Wanna see Maximus surf the internet? You get to in Gladiator 2 (no, I’m serious!)

Genre: Period/Action
Premise: Maximus is brought back to life to stop a nasty henchmen from killing all the Christians in Rome.
About: This script has become famous (or infamous) based on the fact that it got written in the first place. Many people who have read it have used superlatives such as, “Crazy!” “Ridiculous!” and “Bananas!” I hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but they’re not using the most accurate superlative, which would be: “Bad!” The script was written by Nick Cave, who’s best known as a musician, but who occasionally dabbles in screenwriting. He wrote 2012’s “Lawless,” and he’s credited as the screenwriter for the upcoming remake of The Crow. Apparently his pitch beat out every other writer in town, which is why he got to write this. Which has led to the pinnacle of this script’s 15 year journey – a Scriptshadow review.
Writer: Nick Cave
Details: 102 pages (in a weird font that may be obscuring the page count)

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I was never the biggest Gladiator fan when it came out. These were pre-obsessed-with-screenwriting days and all I remember thinking was, “This really wants to be Braveheart but isn’t.”

However, in retrospect, I see why so many people loved it. It has the ultimate main character. Not only is he an underdog (AUDIENCES ALWAYS LOVE UNDERDOGS) but he’s the most badass underdog in cinema history.

There is a problem with the movie that doesn’t make it ideal for a sequel though. The main character kind of dies. Why then, would you even bother writing a sequel? The answer is simple.

A tub of popcorn.

Hollywood needs you to buy more tubs of popcorn. So if a movie makes money – ANY movie – there will be an attempt to sequelize it, no matter what. They’ve had meetings about a sequel to Titanic. Don’t buy the lies. They’ve had meetings about a sequel to Rogue One. If it’s within the realm of possibility, they will explore it.

Which is why they paid Nick Cave to write this script. It’s a tiny investment for a potentially huge payoff. If the script is amazing, the studio could get Crowe back onboard and make hundreds of millions of dollars. If not, it’s 300 grand you can shave off of profit participation. Let’s find out if Maximus and his breastplate are any good this time around.

So Maximus is buzzard-food.

That is until the ghostly Mordecai wakes him up and tells him he’s in some kind of informal afterlife. While Mordecai tries to tell Maximus about the rules of this world, Maximus screams a lot that he wants to see his son and wife. But alas, those two are in a DIFFERENT afterlife.

WAH-WAH-WAHHHHH

Maximus is pissed and travels across the desert to find a man who can help him find that afterlife, but this ugly selfish bastard tells him he needs a favor first. There’s this really bad dude named Lucius who kills Christians for sport and he’s on his way to Rome. Maximus’s new friend wants him to get to Rome first and warn a Christian named Cassian that Lucius is coming.

In a stroke of luck (or screenwriting coincidence), Maximus’s wife made a deal with an afterlifer to go to a THIRD afterlife if her son could live again. Which means Maximus’s son is alive. And get this: Cassian is his new father!

So Maximus goes to Rome, his old stomping grounds, and keeps running into people who are like, “Didn’t you die?” And Maximus is all, “Yeah, you got a problem with that?” Strangely, they don’t.

Once Lucius gets to Rome, he goes all Hitler on the Christians, who are being very disruptive with their “Jesus Loves” bumper sticker mentality. And the Christians can’t even fight back! Cause that goes against the teachings of their leader. That makes things pretty easy for Lucius.

Until Maximus intervenes. You see, his son, Marius, is one of Christ’s followers. So if Max doesn’t teach him and his buddies to brawl, it’s going to be lights out for all of them. And that’s what Maximus does. He puts together a little mini-army, teaches them how to shoot flame-arrows, then beats Lucius’s ass.

Then he finds out he can’t die. So we just keep cutting to war after war, with Maximus fighting away, until we’re finally in the present, and Maximus is in the Pentagon, full vampire status, diddling away on Firefox. The End.

I mean, do I really have to analyze this?

There’s an accepted belief that if you put 10,000 hours into something, you’ve mastered it. Well, I have a new belief. If you make 10,000 bad choices in a screenplay, you need to go back and start your hours over again.

Of the many issues this script had, a lack of spectacle was the most obvious. The first 50 pages follow Maximus walking. That’s it. He walks. The only variety we get is when he passes either a) a poor woman or b) a dirty boy and they give him a lingering look as he walks by. That happened like 90 times.

The only action we received outside of the third act was implied rather than shown. For example, the king talks about flooding the Colosseum and using alligators. Cool, right? Yeah, we don’t get to see that.

In the entire script, there’s only one memorable scene, and that’s when Lucius busts in on a Cassian lecture and convinces everyone in the room to murder Cassian… WITH THEIR PENS! So they all charge Cassian and stab him to death with their pens. There’s some, like, irony in there and shit. Cool.

The underlying conflict was built around this notion that the Christians won’t fight. Marius, Maximus’s son, personified this. Which is why Maximus had to get involved.

What would’ve worked better, in my opinion, is if Maximus was the one who refused violence, not Marius. It makes sense from a character point of view since Maximus led an entire life dedicated to violence and look where it got him. Here in the next life, it’d make sense for him to refuse to fight anymore.

Then the third act comes around where violence is the only way to solve the problem and Maximus finally gets on board, does what he does best, and initiates the fall of Rome – bloodbath style. YEAH BABY!

But alas, we get him checking ESPN.COM instead. Who knew Maximus played Fantasy Football?

Was there anything better in this than the first film? I’d say Lucius. He was a better villain. I like a villain who’s unapologetically nasty and Lucius fits the bill. I never liked that the big villain in the first film was a giant weasel. I wasn’t afraid of him like I was afraid of this guy.

Gladiator 2 doesn’t get going until its second half. And even then, there’s not much to get excited about. Maximus is neutered. His son is boring. And there aren’t enough set pieces to appease us between the boringness. I can see why they nixed the green light on this one. Even though I think, some day, they will make another Gladiator movie.

[ ] What the hell did I just read?
[x] wasn’t for me
[ ] worth the read
[ ] impressive
[ ] genius

What I learned: Want your next script idea? Find that thing in history that people today CANNOT BELIEVE used to happen, then build a story around that. A civilized society used to send people into a ring TO DIE FOR ENTERTAINMENT. How crazy is that? The same principle is what makes the Holocaust a hotbed for storytelling. We can’t believe that used to happen. There are hundreds of things in history they used to do that we can’t fathom were once “okay.” Find them. They might be your next movie.

  • Scott Crawford

    Good point on the WIL… Simon Kinberg’s first spec sale was about the old practice of “corpse ransoming” (stealing dead bodies and demanding a ransom from the relatives).

    Then Mr. and Mrs. Smith sold, then a string of assignments, including xXx 2 (Scott Frazier wrote this week’s xXx 3). Then Smith got made. Now he produces Star Wars movies and is worth $50 million:

    http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-businessmen/producers/simon-kinberg-net-worth/

    But who’d want that, right?

    • carsonreeves1

      Kinberg’s meteoric rise has been one of the more surprising things I’ve seen in Hollywood. I can see him as a working man’s screenwriter, but not the superstar he’s become.

      • Scott Crawford

        He’s known in Hollywood as writer who can also produce (or a producer who can also write), he knows how much things costs, he knows how to negotiate, all that stuff.

        Al lot of people say if you want to write movies, you should learn to direct them. But learning to produce can be just as good (maybe better).

        • carsonreeves1

          Yeah, it’s certainly worked out for him.

  • -n8-

    You lost me on “those two are in a different afterlife.”

    What.

    The.

    Actual.

    _____?

    • carsonreeves1

      It’s really confusing. Lots of different afterlife levels. It sounded like a bunch of technobabble to keep Maximus, his son, and his wife, all on different planes so it wouldn’t be easy for them to interact.

      • -n8-

        Yeah,.. um,… no.

        So glad you review these scripts CR so i never have to read ‘em.

        Mooch ass grassy ass.

    • Mallet

      That’s not unheard of in religion.

      Heaven, hell, purgatory are three different “afterlives” in Christianity.

      Ancient Rome (and Greece and Egypt) had dozens of gods and numerous afterlives associated with them.

      The Vikings had Valhalla where warriors went when they died, which was different from where normal people went.

      This sounds something like that. Maximus died a heroic death and went to a special afterlife, unfortunately his wife and son didn’t, so they went to the regular person afterlife.

      • Thylacoleo

        In Dante’s version of Hell, there’s nine circles for each of the different sorts of sinners, starting with first one that’s just kind-of mildly irritating for people who weren’t Christians but who were basically good and babies who died before they got baptized. Sucks for them.

        Perhaps they’re forced to sit through hour after hour of the crappiest movies ever made.

        Or Celine Dion singing ‘My heart will go on’ played on a loop. Yes, even in Hell, it’s possible to develop suicidal impulses.

        Ending up within the ninth circle of hell was for traitors and the like.

        Very possibly, too, for development excs who think bringing Maximus back from the dead and having him wander around in the deserts for years is a good idea. But, hey, it worked for Moses.

        Slightly OT, but there’s an old joke about Moses getting lost in the desert ‘cos even then *some* guys didn’t like to ask for directions.

        *Some* = not all. My Dad’s in the first group. Once upon a time while taking the scenic route, we eventually negotiated that it would be okay if I did the asking.

        • Thylacoleo

          NB/ Pre-GPS days, these were. Which was okay if one remembered to take a map, lol.

  • Lucid Walk

    This was from the 10 Specs to Write in 2017 article:

    “Swords and Sandals Spec – I’m always looking for that genre that’s traditionally done well at the box office but hasn’t had a hit in awhile. The last swords and sandals hit was the Pirates movies. But the Pirates movies have become stale. I think a good swords and sandals script has the potential to explode onto the market. One note: HUMOR. I believe the reason Pirates did well while the recent Gods of Egypt did not was how well-done the humor was in Pirates. In fact, I was watching The Princess Bride the other day and thinking, “Someone needs to write the next Princess Bride!” A self-referential comedic swords and sandals movie? Start counting your money now.”

    I’d love to write the next Princess Bride.

    The upcoming King Arthur flick is a sword and sandals epic, and it has humor, and it’s being directed by the guy who did RDJ’s Sherlock Holmes. But to me, based on the trailer alone, everything about it screams box office bomb.

    Then there’s Pirates 5. Not gonna lie, I’m excited to see Capt. Sparrow again (the whole reason these movies keep getting made), and up against Javier Bardem of all people. But still, it’s unlikely it’ll top the original, even with Will Turner thrown in.

    • andyjaxfl

      I’ve read on a few different sites that King Arthur has literally been reshot in its entirety 2.5 times (with the .5 representing extensive reshoots, but not a page one reshoot). Needless to say, King Arthur is right up there with Robin Hood in my book — give it a rest for twenty years.

      • brenkilco

        Gee, that awful, big budget King Arthur with Keira Knightly wasn’t even that long ago was it. With Lala Land cleaning up maybe we need a remake of Camelot.

        • Bifferspice

          on second thoughts, let’s not go to camelot. it is a silly place.

        • andyjaxfl

          Yikes, I feel old because it came out thirteen years ago and feels like it was only a few years ago. That movie was average at best. I remember Jerry Bruckheimer hyping it up as a hard-R sword and sandals flick, only to have it neutered into a PG-13 a few weeks before release. Not that the gore would have made it better.

          I wish Clive Owen had a better agent. I like him as an actor, but he’s another guy that Hollywood didn’t know what to do with once he landed, and he sort of drifted away after a few flops, when he deserved better scripts. Oh well…

          • brenkilco

            Didnt he come this close to being James Bond?

          • andyjaxfl

            I did some Googling and it turns out he was the first choice, but they couldn’t reach a contract agreement.

          • wlubake

            I warmed up to Clive with the BMW Films series.

            He’ll have one classic film to his name with Children of Men. He was perfectly cast in that, and it is a stunning film. Also, Shot ‘Em Up was really fun.

          • andyjaxfl

            I love CHILDREN OF MEN. That’s all I have to say about that.

          • Kirk Diggler

            I got to work on that series, the one with Gary Oldman. I remember not knowing who the dude was.

  • andyjaxfl

    I read this script about a year ago and I’m still not sure what to make of it. There are plenty of scripts that I stopped reading after 20-30 pages, but I kept turning digital pages on this one, so I must have enjoyed it on some level.

    Although the imagery of the stag dying played against Maximus fighting through the ages was a little weird (maybe I missed the symbolism in that one), I thought the ending worked. I like the idea of a cursed man walking the earth for eternity.

    One thing that gets lost about GLADIATOR is that the entire first act is lifted directly from THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. I’m really surprised there wasn’t a lawsuit over it.

    • brenkilco

      Wasnt the ending also similar? Commmodus vs the hero one on one. Been years since I saw Fall. One of the most expensive movies ever made. Now forgotten. And except for that great chariot race deservedly so.

      • Scott Crawford

        And the Roman forum, often said to be the largest outdoor set ever built (depends on how you define a set – is a field a set? if so, there have been bigger sets).

        The original ending of Gladiator was a big battle scene but they changed it.

        • andyjaxfl

          Was it Maximus’ army invading the city, as alluded to in the movie, though never happened because everyone involved was killed?

          • Scott Crawford

            I’m not sure. I think it was probably going to be like that, i know they changed it a) to save money and b) to keep more in tone with the rest of the movie.

          • andyjaxfl

            It certainly would have been exciting with the way Ridley Scott shoots action scenes, especially the ones with swords. I remember being very disappointed in the theater when the characters spoke of the army on the outskirts of the city just waiting for the word, but the ending has grown on me over the years.

        • Lurker

          Does three-quarters of New Zealand count as a set (‘Lord of the Rings’)?

      • andyjaxfl

        Yeah, the ending is very similar as well. It’s almost as though the GLADIATOR writing team took the FOTRE beats and changed them up just enough.

  • garrett_h

    Wait a minute. Is this real? Like an actual script that an actual studio was thinking of producing? Or is this an early April Fools joke from Carson?

    This almost sounds like a scene from The Player, or one of those other Hollywood send ups. There’s a producer on the phone, munching on his cigar, yelling for his assistant to get him the latest copy of the Gladiator sequel.

    Wanna make the Black List next year? Write a spec about the failed production of GLADIATOR 2!

    • BMCHB

      HA HA!

      Definitely a movie there.

      OR, something similar to Hamlet 2:

      A disgraced producer/director attempts a comeback with a sequel to Gladiator. Unfortunately, the legal loophole he exploited to obtain the rights insists that Maximus remains dead and the entire film is set in modern day Los Angeles on the 29th of February.

  • wlubake

    I think Gladiator 2 could have been really interesting, but without Maximus (who I get is the selling point). Two things stand out at the time of the end of the movie:

    1. The year of 5 emperors. After Commodus dies, there was a massive power struggle where 5 different emperors held the throne. The republic failed. This would be a fascinating backdrop.

    2. This was the period of decline for female gladiators. The original movie largely left this out, but women also fought in the arena. Have a female protag (Hollywood loves this now). Let her be somehow instrumental to the stability of the empire during that chaotic year.

    And if you need to have Maximus:

    3. This was tossed around by producers on this film, but take the Godfather II approach. Give Maximus a storyline, but not set in the present. However, it informs the protagonist’s actions in the present.

    It lacks the simplicity that made Gladiator so effective, but should have enough sparkle to make some money.

    • romer6

      A female gladiator? I don’t think I’ve seen this before. That is actually a great idea!

      • Scott Crawford
        • JakeBarnes12

          Craig Mazin strikes again?

      • Poe_Serling

        There is the ’70s Roger Corman flick called The Arena.

      • Thylacoleo

        About 1.10 in, there’s a glimpse of a black female archer on a chariot. She’s glimpsed again throughout the scene until she’s killed.

        • klmn

          I like the fat dude with the Shirley Temple curls.

          • Thylacoleo

            Haha, yeah, he’s a treat, isn’t he?

  • https://twitter.com/deanmaxbrooks deanb

    The whole multiple levels of the afterlife thing sounds like a bit from a Mel Brooks movie.

    “What do you mean I can’t see my wife and son? This is the afterlife, right?”
    “Well, yes, but we’re in Afterlife B. You’re wife and son are in Afterlife A.”
    “That’s ridiculous. I demand to speak to whoever’s in charge.”
    “I’m afraid God’s extremely busy at the moment.”
    “Ok, how about his son?”
    “Fully booked.”
    “The Holy Ghost?”
    “Oh, he’s free.”
    “Great, take me to him.”
    “I can’t. He’s technically the same person as God. Which means he’s actually unavailable.”
    “What?”
    “You’ve heard of the trinity concept, right?”
    “Yeah, but–”
    “It’s three distinct and separate personalities. But actually one.”
    “Can you repeat that?”
    “It’s very simple. See, God condemned mankind after original sin, then he sent himself down to earth, sacrificed himself to himself, to save humanity from himself. Understand?”
    “How the hell did people ever buy into this religion?”
    “That’s nothing. You should check out Hinduism.”

    The Devil materializes in a burst of flame and smoke.

    “I think I can help.”
    “Great, it’s about time. You don’t have any multiple personality identity problems, right?”
    “Oh, no. That’d be impossible. See, I don’t even exist.”
    “What? But you do exist. You’re standing right there.”
    “Yeah, but people can’t know that. Remember, ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled…”
    “Yeah, yeah, I read that one on a chewing gum wrapper.”
    “See, if I help you, then you’ll have proof I exist, thus rendering me powerless.”
    “I’m afraid he’s right. Looks like you’re on your own here, Maximus.”
    “I think I’m gonna kill myself.”
    “Don’t do that, you’d end up in Afterlife D.”
    “I’ll take my chances!”

  • Erica

    What I learned: If you want to work/write in Hollywood you must be batshit crazy. Check.

  • romer6

    That really resembles the story of Ahasverus to me. By the way, I always thought the story of Ahasverus would make an incredible movie and no one ever wrote that! Come on, people, someone here must do it! That could (would) be huge!

    • Scott Crawford

      You do it!

      But change the title. To me it looks like “Arse Verus.”

  • Poe_Serling

    Sword & Sandal Cinema…

    I can’t say I’m a really big fan of these type of films, but I’ve enjoyed more
    than a few of them over the years.

    >>Hercules – As a kid I thought it was an entertaining enough afternoon flick
    with bodybuilder Steve Reeves doing his thing.

    >>Hercules Unchained – the sequel to the above film. Again, it starred
    Reeves in the title role. According to wiki, this was the ‘third most popular
    movie at the British box office in 1960.’

    >>Jason and the Argonauts – Another fun flick for the whole family. It
    has the famous skeleton fight… courtesy of Ray Harryhausen.

    Some of the more recent ones:

    300, The Centurion, and The Eagle.

    • andyjaxfl

      CENTURION is a fun and fast 95 minutes. I am compelled to watch every time it shows up in my Netflix feed.

      • Poe_Serling

        Directed and written by Neil Marshall… of Dog Soldiers, etc. fame.

        I see where Marshall is working on Netflix’s updated Lost in Space
        TV series.

        • andyjaxfl

          His writing leaves a little to be desired, but I think he’s a strong director, mostly recently evident from his GAME OF THRONES work. He directed two big battle episodes on a small budget and delivered in a big screen way. I’d like to see what he could do with $50 million.

          • Poe_Serling

            His work reminds me a bit of John Carpenter’s … sometimes
            a bigger budget (in JC’s case) didn’t often translate into more
            ticket sales.

          • andyjaxfl

            Valid point… but also means all of his movies will be remade within twenty years!

      • Lucid Walk

        Michael Fassbender FTW!

  • Scott Serradell

    Whereas we can politely agree that, no, this is what we would expect from a sequel to “Gladiator”, I think thematically it jumps directly off from the original — and then goes into avenues both absurd and interesting.

    The starting point seems the oft quoted line from the first: “What we do in this life echoes in Eternity…”

    Nice idea. Except we find out very quickly that Eternity has it’s own set of problems. Our gladiator Maximus, now in the afterlife, finds himself along the banks of a black sea with a mass of miserable people waiting to arrive at Elysium (the Roman version of Heaven.) But it’s nowhere to be seen. Does it exist? Did it EVER exist?

    Add to that that the Roman Gods (Jupiter, Apollo, Bacchus etc) sit in an ruined temple — old, pathetic, and dying. They’re angry at one of their own (Hephaestos) who strayed from the group and wandered into the desert with “crazy ideas”. So Maximus is sent to kill him.

    Except Hephaestos’s crazy ideas are actually true: The old Gods are obsolete (and they refuse to accept this) and now it is the time of the “One God”. But a more pressing issue is that Maximus’s son Marius is back on Earth (just go with it) and in trouble.

    So Maximus is RISEN (see the parable yet?) back in Rome to help his son, who is now a Christian — and persecuted with all the other Christians. Rome (like it’s Gods) sees them as a threat — not because of their military power — but precisely because these Christians and their One God will be the thing that usurps and supplants the once formidable empire of Rome.

    So — the story challenges the ideas of Eternity, the Afterlife, and Heaven. Specifically it challenges the Judeo-Christian decree that “Heaven is eternal”, i.e. that Heaven, as a PLACE, is forever and unchanging. But Cave taps into something much “bigger” — because the cosmology he’s describing is more philosophical (or metaphysical) than religious; it excludes the moral and subjective issues (like “what we do in this life echoes in Eternity”) and tackles it on a very indifferent, very cosmic level.

    So Instead of Heaven is eternal we have Heaven IS eternal — as in Eternity itself– as in not a fixed placed with people in white togas playing harps but a cosmic version of Time that moves so ominously that even the gods are subject to it. So, “what we do in this life” is kind of irrelevant, because we have done it before and we’ll do it again; we are not really subject to God (or gods) but to Eternity.

    This is why, at the end of the script, we see Maximus fighting in the Crusades — in Vietnam — at the Pentagon. He is a solider, and what he does “echoes in Eternity”.

    And when does it end? It doesn’t. Maximus will continue on “until Eternity itself has said it’s prayers.”

  • JakeBarnes12

    Nick Cave’s one of my favorite musicians. He abandoned traditional song structure a few albums ago. Sounds like he never learned traditional screenplay structure.

  • https://twitter.com/rich_trenholm Richard Trenholm

    Forget going back to Rome, Gladiator IN HELL sounds like a great movie. Maximus forced to fight in the arenas of hell while plotting to get to his wife and child in Heaven. It could be called Gladiator 2: Echoes in Eternity. I would watch THE SHIT out of that.

    Heck, I might even go and start writing it

    • Erica

      Plus I can see the Video game spin of for this Franchise, I say write it.

  • Omoizele Okoawo

    I think you need a new ranking category called IF IT’S IMMUNE TO BULLETS, KILL IT WITH FIRE.

  • andyjaxfl

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been a MAXIMUS prequel. His life pre-Gladiator was clearly interesting (the references to Vindobona, prior relationship with Lucilla and Commodus), and since Hollywood is trying to prequelize BRAVEHEART, why not GLADIATOR as well?

    • Scott Crawford

      Problem is, I think the Swords and Sandals genre (for the most part) has passed on to TV, at least what you might call HARD Sword and Sandals like Gladiator.

      • andyjaxfl

        That would be okay with me! Stories like the conquest of Mexico are so large with so many interesting characters involved, that a 3-hour movie could not do it justice.

  • Malibo Jackk

    OK. It’s 2017.
    What are the new trends?
    What are the scripts the studios are wanting to chase after?
    Should we still be talking about Swords & Sandals? Ben Hur anyone?

    What’s going to work in 2017?

    • Scott Crawford

      Diversity: better roles for women, people from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ and, of course, the Chinese.

      Cyberwarfare. It’s happening. if someone can make it work on screen…

      Alternative energy: there have been a few attempts to make stories about electric cars and solar energy, but given that this will be a MAJOR subject of the next decade, surely there are some more stories out there.

      PG-13 comedies and romantic comedies: these movies used to make hundreds of millions. For some reason, the studios decided to stop making them and make movies about people smoking pot then smashing through a glass window while trying to show off their dance moves. Entertainment. A Liar Liar/Nutty Professor or a While You Were Sleeping/Hitch would probably clean up.

      Fast and Furious WITHOUT cars: F&F with fighter jets, F&F with helicopters, motorcycles. F&F coming to an end… maybe another car franchise COULD replace it.

      The 90s: The average audience is too old for the 80s and WAY too old for the 70s. There hasn’t been enough 90s nostalgia – raves, grunge, POGs.

    • klmn

      Did you ever see the SCTV Network 90 versioin of Ben Hur? That’s one of the funniest things I ever saw. Probably John Candy’s best work.

      Here’s a clip.

  • ripleyy

    Nick Cave is a damn good writer though, as shown by “The Proposition” and “Lawless”.

  • Angry Cyborg
  • GoIrish

    I kinda liked Commodus as a villain. I felt like he had a little more depth to him with his insecurities than some of your standard bad guys.

    • Lurker

      Hmm, insecurities… Does that remind of us anyone in particular? Like, maybe the guy who’s about to become 45?

      Commodus with the orange spray tan.

  • moog

    I haven’t read the script but I can’t get past the tonal leap. Everything in Gladiator is rooted firmly in the mud and blood-soaked reality of historic Rome.

    Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t watch a film about a gladiator in the afterlife, but this take seems too close to The Dark Tower to really pump the blood. A resurrected gladiator condemned to live feels eerily like Highlander, a guilty pleasure of my own for sure. Trouble is, both of these projects are happening…

  • http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts Eldave1

    Sounds simply dreadful.

  • https://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm4290140/ Cal

    Holy-smoke-em’s-tamale-joke-em’s

  • http://www.bloggingtriggers.com/ MANOJ

    Gladiator is my favorite movie. I don’t know how much times I watched it. Excellent work from the entire team ! But I didn’t read the new script yet.