6 May Fans have uncovered Nick Cave’s script for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, years after the idea was proposed and eventually dismissed. 6 May Studio rejected Cave’s story of a time-traveling Russell Crowe. Boo. A long time ago, Nick Cave wrote a script for Gladiator 2 and he’s finally opened up on what it included.

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As Cave explained to Variety: It’s a waste of fucking time, and I have a lot to do.

Russell Crowe versus Jesus Christ: the demented story of Nick Cave’s rejected Gladiator 2 script

More importantly, Gladiator 2 revisits the Colosseum, where the emperor watches a mock naval gkadiator in an amphitheatre which is flooded with water and stocked with alligators: But Gladiator leaves no questions unanswered, no plot lines unresolved, no logical way for its striking story to continue. Just to quibble for a moment, Hephaestus is a Greek god, not a Roman one, so Cave should really have named him Vulcan.

Am I making myself clear?

The last thing I ever wanted to get involved with is Hollywood. But he had disappeared.

Nick Cave Talks About His Gladiator 2 Script

Fans have uncovered Nick Cave’s script for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, years after the idea was proposed and eventually dismissed. When I say ‘worked very well’, I don’t refer to success.

As well as meeting his now-adult son, Maximus bumps into his old sidekick Juba who was played in the original film by Djimon Hounsou. How could Scott and Crowe cwve Gladiator 2? 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 [Maximus] back from the dead. Following the success of Gladiator, released inCrowe and Scott invited Cave to write a script for the sequel.


Nick Cave’s rejected Gladiator 2 script uncovered!

According to one blog’s synopsis of the scriptCrowe’s Maximus meddles with Roman gods in the afterlife, is reincarnated, defends early Christians, reunites with his son, and ultimately lives forever — leading tanks in the second world war and even mucking around in the modern-day Pentagon.

They scgipt that the macabre musician could find a creative solution to Gladiator 2’s main hurdle — that Maximus, Crowe’s character, dies at the end of the first film.

The Bad Seed certainly came up with an inventive solution. By Nicholas Barber 10 August But the screenplay compensates for this slip with some writing to relish. Only by thinking outside the box — several miles outside the box.

The gladiator who defied an emperor. The slave who became a gladiator. There is literally nothing more for Maximus to achieve — which is lucky, because he dies just before the credits roll.

Time-travelling, dimension-hopping and anti-war philosophising are all very well. Unfortunately, this was too daft for the studios. Now, 28 years later, he finally catches up with the year-old KGB master spy to find out why.

Gladiator leaves no questions unanswered, no plot lines unresolved — how could there be a sequel? Instead, Cave has Maximus striding into battle through the centuries: Jupiter offers him a deal: Pop and rock news.

Then it turned out he really had. The kindness of the Muslim men who helped me leave behind my miserable marriage. After his wife went missing, Richard Klinkhamer wrote a book on seven ways to kill your spouse.

Russell Crowe versus Jesus Christ: the demented story of Nick Cave’s rejected Gladiator 2 script

Franz Schubert Chamber Music Concert. At this stage, the script focuses on a band of early Christians dodging the Roman authorities, just as they did in the recent Mary Magdalene biopic which co-starred Phoenix. But it has one glaring, fatal flaw: View image of Credit: Human again, he travels to Rome in search of his son Marius: The message is that by choosing armed combat over non-violent resistance, Maximus has condemned humanity to an eternal cycle of bloodshed, which is a thought-provoking conclusion, but maybe not a crowd-pleasing one.

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A family reunion in sunny Elysium? Now the people want to know how the story ends. Another chat with the Roman Gods? With the help of a ghostly guide, Mordecai, Maximus treks to a ruined temple where he meets Jupiter, Mars and five other diseased and decrepit Roman deities. No sooner has Maximus tracked down Hephaestus than he is zapped out of the stygian gloom and into the world of flesh and blood, a decade or two after his death.

Once you adjust your expectations, you can settle in and enjoy Gladiator 2 for the supernatural quest movie that it is. I enjoyed writing it very much because I knew on every level that it was never going to get made — Nick Cave. But these scenes also bring back some of the characters and political intrigue from Gladiator. The way it works is that people get an idea sctipt could possibly do something, but there’s a one-in-a-hundred chance that it could get made.

Musician Nick Cave wrote a time-travel saga in which Bick is not a gladiator — and an emperor laments his lightning-struck giraffe, writes Nicholas Barber.