7. Unleash Hell
Did Cave forget the blood and thunder? No chance. Dozens of Christians being hacked to death by the Emperor’s forces... The Colosseum completely flooded with ships battling hundreds of alligators with fireballs and arrows. A gigantic final battle between Lucius’ army and Maximus’ Christian rebels...
8. Long Goodbye
Maximus is finally doomed to fight for eternity: the sole survivor of the countless skirmishes between Christians and Muslims in Crusades, battling tanks in World War Two, attacking Vietcong with a flamethrower in ’Nam... In the present day, Cave’s script leaves him working in the Pentagon.
9. The End
Despite praise from Crowe and Scott, Cave’s script was deemed too over the top and stayed on the shelf. In fact, his sequel repeats many of the same beats as the original. But it’s brilliantly written, full of rich characters, action and heartbreaking emotion. One day, maybe...
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