Mit "Gladiator" (2000) erlebte der Sandalenfilm ein glorreiches Comeback auf der grossen Leinwand...
Der gefeierte römische Feldherr Maximus (Russell Crowe) wird vom sterbenden Kaiser Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) gebeten, seine Nachfolge anzutreten. Um dies zu verhindern, tötet Aurelius´ Sohn Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) seinen Vater und ordnet die Exekution von Maximus und seiner Familie an. Maximus gelingt die Flucht... Verwundet wird er von dem Sklavenhändler Proximo (Oliver Reed)
gefangen genommen und muss sich fortan als Gladiator beweisen. Als Kampfmaschine hat er schliesslich nur noch ein Ziel: Rache an seinem Peiniger zu nehmen ...
40 Jahre nach "Ben Hur" (1959) und "Spartacus" (1960) erweckten Regisseur Ridley Scott (u.a.
"Alien", "Blade Runner" und
"Hannibal") und Steven Spielberg's Traumfabrik "DreamWorks SKG" mit einem Budget von 120 Millionen Dollar das alte Rom wieder zum Leben...
Die Schlacht in Germanien - zu Beginn des Films - wurde mit mehreren hundert Stuntmen in den Hügeln von Surrey, England, gedreht...
In Quarzarote, Marokko, wurde die Arena errichtet, in der Maximus, die grausamen Spiel- und Kampfregeln der Gladiatoren beigebracht werden. Der sportliche Star verzichtete auf ein Double und verbrachte jeden Morgen 2 Stunden im Fitness-Studio, um für die harten Kampfszenen fit zu sein. Keine zusätzlichen Muskeln antrainieren musste sich Ex-Bodybuilder Ralf Möller für die Rolle des Gladiatoren Hagen...
Auf Malta entstand das alte Rom - berühmte Denkmäler wie das Hadrianstor, die Trajanssäule und das Forum wurden 1:1 nachgebaut. Spektakulärster Schauplatz ist das Kolosseum, in dem sich, wenn Kampfspiele stattfanden, mehr als 50.000 Menschen drängten. Ridley Scott brauchte indes "nur" 5000 Statisten zu befehligen, der grösste Teil der Menschenmassen wurde im Computer generiert.
In der Nähe von La Valetta wurden die Stuntmen zu Gladiatoren ausgebildet und mussten - ebenso wie die Stars - lernen mit den "wilden" Tieren umzugehen...
"Gladiator 2" !?!
Am Drehbuch zum Sequel, das 7 Jahre nach "Gladiator" spielen soll, wird noch immer gearbeitet... Im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte steht der junge Prinz Lucius Verus... Teil 2 wird - wenn überhaupt - wohl kaum vor 2012 in die Kinos kommen...
"Gladiator" Extended Special Edition !!!
Am 29. September 2005 erschien die "Gladiator" Extended Special Edition auf 3 DVDs... Jetzt bei Amazon bestellen !!!
Der TV-Sender Sat1 zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Gladiator"...
Der TV-Sender RTL zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Gladiator"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 1.00 Uhr...
[...] "I will probably do a sequel to Gladiator", director Ridley Scott confirmed to Contact Music. "The only problem is Russell Crowe was such a powerful presence and, of course, Maximus dies at the end [of the first movie].
Whatever the case, Scott says they’d have "to get Russell back somehow."
UGO sprach kürzlich mit Ridley Scott, u.a. über "Gladiator 2"....
UGO: [...] I've also heard that you and Russell Crowe approached Nick Cave about writing a Gladiator sequel? Is that true?
RIDLEY: We tried. Russell didn't want to let it go, obviously, because it worked very well. I mean, when I say ‘worked very well,' I don't refer to success. I mean, as a piece it works very well. Storytelling, he works brilliantly. I think he 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 him back from the dead."
UGO: You said that you loved the ending. What was it about that draft that you couldn't get it off the ground?
RIDLEY: We were all having a go. DreamWorks was having a go, so we were having a go. DreamWorks was addressing Rome without Maximus, because clearly he's gone, and he's dead. Therefore, it would be to the son that Maximus had probably left behind with his affair with Lucilla. You're then basing a film on a different kind of premise. Again, you're basing it on a corrupt Rome, the Rome that would be heading to its own demise. It was far more rambling and complex. Often great plays are very simple, and I think that the mechanics of the Gladiator story were really very satisfactory and worked very well. [...]
Moviehole zitiert Russell Crowe....
[...] There's always talk of a [Gladiator] sequel or prequel. Have you ever been interested?
At first I was very cynical about that notion, but I've come around on it. We've had other ideas too, where we step off into the metaphysical and you actually acknowledge the fact that Maximus is dead [laughs], but that is a hard script to write.
How far did you get with the idea?
Nick Cave actually wrote a draft for me and Ridley [Scott] at one point. He's an excellent writer, man. Nick did this draft and Ridley and I considered it for a while. Actually I paid for it, such is my belief for the idea. But again, like I say, unless everybody is on line then it's kind of pointless going forward with it.
Could another "Gladiator" save Dreamworks from their reported financial troubles? Well, it would have to actually happen.
While speaking at the press junket for "The Island," producer Walter Parkes told us that plans for a "Gladiator 2" doesn't seem like it's going to happen anymore, despite screenwriter John Logan and director Ridley Scott reportedly drafting a screenplay.
"That's one - unlike "The Ring," which is a good pop movie but not an Academy Award winning [film] - you're only going to make a 'Gladiator 2' only if it's absolutely fantastic. We had a really great story and we got really close, but we could not get the script quite to a point where we all felt 'this is worth it,' vis a vis, our love for the first one." [...]
Seems the new honoray spokesman for AT&T won't be back for the long-mooted sequel to "Gladiator", co-star Djimon Hounsou tells Reuters.
Speaking in New York to promote his latest film "The Island," Hounsou said "definitely the desire is to do a sequel" to "Gladiator."
He acknowledged it would be hard for Crowe to return as Maximus given his dramatic death at the end of the first film, but he said producers were still working on the script and casting decisions.
"They're not happy about what they have for now, so they're still working on it. It's still in development," said Hounsou, adding that he expects to reprise his role as Juba. "I would probably be in the center of it as one of the leads," he said.
If the writers did find a way to whack Crowe's character into the film - there could be other obstacles, says Hounsou. If convicted of assault - arrested last month after an incident in which police say he hurled a telephone at the concierge of the Mercer Street Hotel in Manhattan - Crowe could face up to seven years in prison, and no, the warden probably won't let him out to do a flick.
IGNFF sprach mit Ridley Scott....
[...] a script is still in the works for a Gladiator sequel, although it's likely Scott would be aboard solely as producer. "We're trying to find a good solution for a sequel. [The script] is not quite there yet. Remember, there's no Maximus anymore, so I think the task is more difficult. There is a next generation idea, but the thing is, it's very loose at the moment."
Heute um 20.15 Uhr zeigt RTL "Gladiator"...
Maltan spy 'Camilleri' reports: "As you are aware Gladiator was filmed on our tiny island of Malta. 85% of "Troy" was also filmed here. Next September the shooting of Gladiator II shall commence - sets are already being built. I cannot confirm this news but here everybody is talking about it".
Empire Online sprach mit Ridley Scott über das Sequel...
"It's written," he told us, "we've already done quite a lot of work and the draft's in now. The target would be early 2005." Don't expect to see Russell Crowe lose his beer gut for a return any time soon though, Gladiator 2 plans to pick up where the first film left off, shifting the focus considerably. "It's the next generation. Roman history is so exotic that any part of it is really fascinating. History is far more exotic than anything you can dream up. The film will take the next step, which is the son. [Lucilla's] son, Lucius."
No casting decisions have yet been made (though you can bet Connie Nielsen will make an appearance) and Scott insists that the action in Gladiator 2 will take place entirely outside the Coliseum, abandoning the first film's gladiatorial focus. "No, no we can't do that again. We've done that. I wouldn’t' touch gladiators again. I mean, I wouldn't touch the gladiatorial side again, we have to go to the next step." So will the film lean more towards the epic battle that kicked off the original? "No, there will be more politics and praetorians. The parts that are interesting, which always lead to conflict."
[31.07.2003] Cindy Pearlman schreibt in ihrer "Sun-Times"-Kolumne...
Russell "Maximus" Crowe doesn't need to dust off his toga for the upcoming sequel to "Gladiator." "Lara Croft Tomb Raider--The Cradle of Life" star Djimon Hounsou, who played Maximus' friend in the first film, says "I heard a rumor about bringing Russell back from the dead for the sequel. I don't think it's happening that way," he told this column. The only survivors left from the first film are myself, Connie Nielsen and the kid. I would assume that the sequel will center around the kid." Meanwhile, Hounsou is signed to do the sequel. "Most definitely. I know [the producers] are vividly talking about the project, too."
[18.12.2002] Die Chicago Sun-Times schreibt...
Maximus refuses to be minimized. It looks like Russell Crowe will be back in a big way in "Gladiator 2."
This caused GLARE to ask: Isn't he dead?
Walter Parkes, co-head of DreamWorks and the film's producer says that "dead" is a relative term in toga times.
"Maximus did die in the first 'Gladiator,' but the Romans had a great belief in the afterlife. Russell is exploring some ideas on how to come back."
And this isn't as strange as it sounds because "Gladiator 2" isn't exactly a sequel or a prequel, according to the filmmaker. "We can go backwards in time and forward," says Parkes. As for plot secrets, he divulges, "The piece revolves around Connie Nielsen's son, who is the last heir of Marcus Aurelius. Rome has become a fascist state and we have a prince who needs to find out who was his father."
Wink, wink, could it be Maximus? Parkes isn't saying, but he does insist that the sequel "must be more than the good guys fighting the bad guys in an arena."
Speaking of which, the Roman Coliseum that was built for the first film isn't there anymore. "That's a terrible thing. The set we built had to be torn down for insurance reasons. We built ancient Rome and now we have to rebuild Rome and it won't be done in a day."
Parkes doesn't know if director Ridley Scott will be back to run this toga party. "I dream that he does it," Parkes says.
[15.12.2002] Latino Review sprach mit dem Produzenten W. F. Parkes...
Question: Is it a sequel, prequel?
WFP: 7 years later in Rome! [Laughs]. Well remember the character "Lucius"? He is the last heir to Marcus Aurelius, so it's a prince reigning to happen and guess who he finds out who his real father was.
[10.12.2002] In Focus sprach mit John Logan...
[...] Well, you know, "Gladiator" was a long and interesting process. And once we sort of realized what we had, there was a lot of talk even then about how this could be a multi-generational saga. The story of Rome could go on - because the things that happened after the death of Commodus are absolutely thrillingly exciting.
So there was even talk then. And then, when the movie did well and got the attention that it did, those talks began to become more - serious. So it was not a frivolous decision of, "Oh - the movie made a lot of money. Let's somehow ground out a sequel." There are frankly clues in the first movie about what the second movie is going to be - and threads that are left open to be picked up. [...]
[02.12.2002] Bei TrekWeb.com gibt es ein Interview mit John Logan...
[...] "It’s in the story phase, I’m meeting with Ridley and talking about what it should be and sort of flushing it out," he says, noting that director Ridley Scott’s involvement is not definite at this point. "It’s early days, trying to pick out a story. It does have something to do with the first one and I’m not calling it a sequel, I’m calling it, I can’t even tell you because it’s top secret! If I said anything, Ridley would come running through this door and strangle me. It’s going very well, it’s going to be very exciting." [...]
[19.10.2002] IGN FilmForce hat mögliche Storylines für "Gladiator 2" ausgegraben...
[...] So Gladiator 2 could be about any of the following events that transpired during the age of Septimius Severus: 1) Severus' rise to (and his consolidation of) power; 2) the Roman civil wars between Severus and Albinus, Niger, and Didius Julianus; 3) the relationship between Geta and Caracalla during Severus' campaign in Britain; or 4) the Romans' war with the Celts led by Fingal. Of course, Gladiator 2 could also, like the original film, employ a fictitious narrative and protagonist set against any of the historic backdrops mentioned above. [...]
[23.09.2002] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
[...] DreamWorks und Universal haben mit John Logan den Drehbuchautor von "The Time Machine" verpflichtet, um das "Gladiator"-Sequel zu skripten. Zusammen mit David Franzoni und William Nicholson war Logan auch am Drehbuch zu "Gladiator" beteiligt. Das Produktionsteam setzt sich bis dato aus David Franzoni, Douglas Wick von Red Wagon und Walter Parkes von DreamWorks zusammen. Universal wird "Gladiator 2" in die Kinos bringen. [...]
[25.06.2002] CineCon hat eine interesssante Sequel-Meldung...
The Chicago Sun-Times also talked to "Men in Black 2" producer Walter Parkes and he revealed that a "Gladiator 2" is very much in the works, but without Russell Crowe. "We've started working on it. We have an idea," Parkes revealed to the paper. "Maximus is dead-dead-dead, no coming back and the story picks up things 15 years later."
[17.06.2001] Laut IGN FilmForce verhandelt "Gladiator"-Autor und Produzent David Franzoni mit DreamWorks über ein Prequel ODER Sequel zu "Gladiator"...
5 Oscars !!!
[26.03.2001] "Gladiator" hatte mit 12 Oscar-Nominierungen die besten Chancen bei der Oscar-Verleihung 2001... Letztendlich gewann der Film aber nur 5 der begehrten Trophäen - in den Kategorien "Bester Film", "Hauptdarsteller", "Visuelle Effekte", "Sound" und "Kostüm-Design"...
Sex in "Gladiator" !?!
[19.03.2001] EW.com berichtet über eine geplante Sex-Szene zwischen Maximus und Lucilla...
"Crowe claims "certain people involved in the production" of "Gladiator" (meaning studio execs) tried to turn Maximus into a Maximum Love God and - well, let's let him tell it: "They wanted a love scene between Maximus and Lucilla [Connie Nielsen]. I mean, they were absolutely dead set certain that was the best thing to do, that Lucilla comes into the prison, and I'm all chained up. You know, she whips my gear off, and Bob's your uncle. The thing is, you're dealing with the emphasized honor of this man, and his need to avenge the death of his wife and son, so he's not going to stop and have some f-----' nookie, halfway along the line, is he? You know, you're completely undermining the character."
DVD & Video
Extended Special Edition (3 DVDs)
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 29. September 2005
Collector's Edition (2 DVDs)
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 7. Dezember 2000
Video Erscheinungstermin: 8. Februar 2001
DreamWorks SKG Fansite-Gladiator
Umfangreiche, englischsprachige Infos zu "Gladiator"...
Buch zum Film
160 Seiten (2001)
Roman zum Film
222 Seiten (2000)
Der gebürtige Deutsche Hans Zimmer (u.a.
"Scream 2") komponierte die Oscar-nominierte Filmmusik...
Erscheinungstermin: 29. Mai 2000
17 Titel: u.a. Progeny; The Emperor Is Dead; The Might Of Rome; Slaves To Rome; Now We Are Free
Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard
More Music from Gladiator
Erscheinungstermin: 19. Februar 2001
18 Titel: u.a. Duduk Of The North; Homecoming; Marrakesh Marketplace; The Gladiator Waltz
Auf der Offiziellen Website kann man den Trailer (Apple Quicktime, Real Player) downloaden...
Evtl. 2012 !?!
Wenn überhaupt ;-)
"Now We Are Free"
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