Recently, we posted an article about how director Ridley Scott wanted to make a sequel to Gladiator. Which, Ok. Fine. But, the catch was, he wanted to bring back Maximus… who died at the end of the first movie. That sequel is probably never gonna happen, but Scott recently explained in an interview with ME. Movies how it would have worked, how he would have brought Maximus back, saying:
“I can bring him back. I know how to bring him back. I use the [body] of a dying warrior as a portal that could bring somebody back.”
Scott, Nick Cave and Russel Crowe, had all talked about it and wrote it up and they knew just how to do it. Bringing him back through a portal in the body of a dying warrior was the way to go. So, it seems like it would have been more of a Gladiator fantasy film.
“Russell, me and Nick Cave, it was about bringing him back. It was a good idea. It’s on the shelf somewhere at Dreamworks… [Russell] said listen. I’ve got some thoughts, ‘What can we do about Gladiator?’ I said, ‘I can bring you back.’ That’s how it began. He’d been working with Nick Cave, so then we talked–the three of us– and out of it evolved a screenplay.”
While I respect Scott as a brilliant filmmaker who has brought us some fantastic films… this is dumb. Not just the portal through a dead body, but making a sequel to a film that isn’t fantasy and then making it fantasy. What if they made a sequel to Braveheart but brought Mel Gibson’s William Wallace back as a Cyborg? What the hell?
Now, that being said. If anyone could pull it off, it would be Ridley Scott. He has done some pretty crazy out there things that have worked brilliantly from bursting Alien fetus’ to poo potatoes from The Martian. Maybe portals in dead bodies are gonna be the next cool thing.