“The Last Duel” will be released in North America on October 15.
While promoting this new film, director Ridley Scott revealed that he will continue to make blockbuster films with medieval themes.
Nothing else, it is “Gladiator 2” that has been exposed in 2018.
You read that right, it is indeed the orthodox sequel of “Gladiator” which was released in 2000 and won the 73rd Oscar for Best Picture.
The classic restart trend that emerged in Hollywood eventually spread to the Oscar for Best Picture.
Although Ridley Scott appeared in person, there are many concerns about this sequel on the Internet.
First of all, the success rate of this classic restart is not high.
It seems that only “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars 7” have achieved commercial success, and these are based on a series of movies.
Only “Blade Runner 2049” achieved word of mouth success.
Maybe Ridley Scott wants to expand all the stories he has directed.
Two sci-fi classics such as “Alien” and “Blade Runner” already have a larger time view system.
So “Gladiator”, as a leader in medieval movies, naturally has the qualifications to continue writing legends.
But classics are not so easy to shoot, sometimes not just because of the strength of the author, but also because they are at the peak of their creation.
So sometimes a lot of classics draw the original crew, but they are still far inferior to the previous ones.
Ridley Scott is over 80 years old, and his strength is beyond doubt.
It’s just that it’s too harsh to ask him to set another career peak at this age.
The word-of-mouth of “Prometheus” and “Alien” are a class difference, which is related to his creative state and mentality.
Of course, some critics would think that it was an underrated prequel movie.
In short, whether it is Ridley Scott personally or as a producer, the probability of reaching the height of “Blade Runner 2049” is really too low.
In that case, what is the need to take risks?
Then the characters in “Gladiator” are already “perfect” and there is no way to continue.
Even if he returned forcibly, Russell Crowe, who got the Oscar winner with this film, couldn’t get back in shape.
There is no suspense, he has confirmed that he will not return to the show again.
And you can see him playing the role of Zeus in “Thor 4”.
The protagonist may be Joaquin Phoenix, who was made god through “Joker”.
In “Gladiator”, he plays the big villain Commodus.
It is reported that the sequel will take place in about 20 to 30 years, and the protagonist will be the nephew of Commodus, Lucius.
Given the blood relationship, Joaquin Phoenix has reason to play this role.
Phoenix has already finalized the Napoleon biographical film “Kitbag”, which is about to be filmed in collaboration with Ridley Scott.
Regarding the comeback, he said that after filming this Napoleon, he can shoot “Gladiator 2” immediately!
But since it is a brand new story, why not just start an original movie?
The possible reason is that medieval movies are outdated. If you spend too much money, you won’t be able to pay back every minute.
If it is a sequel to “Gladiator”, it’s better to invest.
“The Last Duel” was able to get the investment because Matt Damon always wanted to shoot.
Both he and Ben Affleck are still popular actors. Two people came forward, and Ridley Scott later joined the filming.
Even if the project is in the hands of Disney, Disney strongly supports it.
However, if “The Last Duel” loses at the box office, then every Hollywood filmmaker will think this is a lesson from the past.
This is bound to have an impact on the cost of “Gladiator 2”.
Even if you are lucky enough to set up a project, the investment you get will be limited.
If there is not enough cost, then it may have to go slant like “Joker”.
It’s just that the screenwriter invited Peter Craig, who wrote “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “Top Gun”. He is good at commercial films, and his last work was “Bad Boys for Life”…
If it’s not the author’s movie, then the quality of “Gladiator 2″…
Just lower your expectations.