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'Gladiator 2' story set 25 years after original film: producers

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Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

"Gladiator 2", the follow up to the 2000 blockbuster, is very much on the cards and will pick up the story two decades later, the producers said.

The sequel was first announced in 2018 but producers Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have assured fans that the action movie is gearing up for the production with Peter Craig of "The Town" and "12 Strong" fame, attached as a writer.

"We're working with Ridley. That's one we wouldn't touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. We're working with an amazing writer as well - Peter Craig.

"It picks up the story 30 years later... 25 years later," Parkes told HeyUGuys.

Initial reports mentioned that the sequel would focus on Lucius, the son of Lucilla from the original film.

Lucius is the nephew of Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus, the Roman leader killed by Russell Crowe's Maximus. Lucius considers Maximus an inspirational figure.

"Gladiator" was a box office sensation at the time of its release and earned over USD 400 million worldwide.

It was nominated for 11 Oscars, bagging the awards for Best Picture and Best Actor (Crowe).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 19:00 IST