You know the feeling that creeps up your spine every time you read some news involving the terms “leaking information”, “nobody knew”, “shock and surprise overwhelmed everybody”? What’s better than WikiLeaks revealing some new secrets that can make any conspiracy theorist squeal in joy? News from the movie world, of course! And what piece of news made the day to almost any journalist alive in the past days and almost turned a particular breed of fans into mutiny participants? That one involving Nick Cave, Russell Crowe, the Gladiator 2 script and its rejection by Hollywood studios.
For those who missed the gossip…
Nick Cave recently came forward and publicly told a story about the perspective script for the sequel to Gladiator, Crowe’s and Ridley’s Scott shared success. The role of Maximus turned Crowe in a legit superstar and enriched mankind with a masterpiece that will remain in history. So apparently, the beloved New Zeeland actor called his old friend Nick (also famous but more for his music than for his movies scripts) and asked him if he’d embark on the journey of writing a sequel for the Gladiator. Later on, Cave confessed asking Crowe what about the obvious drawback of this quest, namely the fact that Maximus died at the end of the film, but Crowe manifested a blind trust in his friend, being certain that he’ll manage somehow. Don’t get shocked about the “shocking” feature of this news. It’s been around since 2009 and at that time it was well covered by the media.
… Maximus resurrects and acts all God-like
So… what did Cave do about Maximus’s death? Obviously, the script he worked on had to bring back the Roman general to life. Do you have that awkward feeling of “it’s alive! It’s aliveee…”? The same feeling had those who apparently managed to read the story. Basically, Cave made Maximus to return to Earth after meeting the Gods, would have messed a little with Christians, would have met his son and ended up in epic battles reaching somehow the World War II age, the Vietnam conflict and modern times too, all of these while being, of course, immortal. Did you understand anything? Don’t worry, neither did the fans or Hollywood producers. It’s a wonder Cave understood something, but he admitted he had a lot of fun writing the story, as he knew it would never be accepted. It would have been hard, since rumors (or news, depends on how you see them) also talk about this project as being dismissed by Crowe himself, while other voices quoting Scott claim the studios refused it categorically.
… While the fans are still upset
Those who paid good bucks to see the movie in cinema, those who chose to see it by demand streamed on the Internet thanks to the various comcast internet deals available, those who enjoyed the soundtrack so much, they bought the disc, those who saw and then saw again the movie, those who just became huge fans of Maximus and Crowe for that matter, they all rose and protested, as for them, the “Christ Killer” sequel represents Cave’s ridiculous ideas, ones that could have ruin a world-renown cinematographic masterpiece. For all it’s worth, the Bad Seed Cave doesn’t want to build himself a career in Hollywood, as he’s doing fine with the music, while Maximus remains dead and buried. Until further notice.