Ridley Scott says his Gladiator sequel script is being written and production will begin following the completion of his Napoleon movie Kitbag.

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In 2018, it was announced that the filmmaker was planning to direct a follow-up to his 2000 Oscar-winning historical epic.

The movie made over $460 million at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo, and was nominated for 12 Oscars, winning five, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.

The sequel is expected to focus on Lucius, the son of Lucilla and nephew of Commodus, characters played by Connie Nielsen and Joaquin Phoenix in the original.

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This would mean the film, described by producers as a “legitimate” follow-up, is set 25 to 30 years later.

Speaking to Empire, 83-year-old Scott said:

“I’m already having the next Gladiator written now,”

“So when I’ve done Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.”

Paramount Pictures is backing the project, with Peter Craig (Top Gun: Maverick and The Batman) is penning the script.

Scott is currently working on Kitbag, a film about Napoleon Bonaparte, who will be played by Joaquin Phoenix. Jodie Comer, who stars in Scott’s new film The Last Duel, will also appear.

Scott’s highly anticipated film this year is Lady Gaga and Adam Driver’s biographical drama House Of Gucci that also stars Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino in pivotal roles.

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House Of Gucci will be released on November 24th.

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