1. Cave In
“At first I was very cynical about the notion of a Gladiator sequel, but I’ve come around on it,” said Russell Crowe, some years after Ridley Scott’s epic had mopped up at the Oscars.
“We’ve had other ideas too, where we step off into the metaphysical and you actually acknowledge the fact that Maximus is dead! But that’s a hard script to write.
Nick Cave actually wrote a draft for me and Ridley at one point. He’s an excellent writer, man. Nick did this draft and Ridley and I considered it for a while.”
2. Back From The Dead
“Russell didn’t want to let it go, obviously, because it worked very well,” says Ridley Scott. “I mean, when I say ‘worked very well’, I don’t refer to success. I mean, as a piece it works very well.
Storytelling, [it] works brilliantly. I think Cave enjoyed doing it and I think it was one of those things that he thought, ‘Well, maybe there’s a sequel where we can adjust the fantasy and bring him back from the dead...’”
3. Dead Man Walking
Opening scene: resurrected violently out of the mud, the slain Maximus awakes to murder two thieves looting his body. From there, Cave’s script sends him to a vast netherworld – infinite numbers of the damned stretching endlessly to eternity on a pitch-black sea – where he searches for his dead wife.