Instead, the new film will reportedly focus on Lucius, the son of Lucilla, who was played by Connie Nielsen.
A sequel to Gladiator was first mentioned in 2001; originally, it was to have taken place 15 years after the original film until Russell Crowe expressed his interest in returning as Maximus, despite the character's death in the first movie.
Sir Ridley's plan for a sequel sees Crowe's character Maximus leaving an impression on the young Lucius for avenging his own family.
According to Deadline, Scott is keen to direct the sequel, which will be written by Peter Craig, whose credits include The Town and two Hunger Games films, as well as the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount will be developing the project while Universal has the option to co-finance the film. I was having this talk with the studio - 'but he's dead.' But there is a way of bringing him back. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell's changed a little bit.
He is eventually forced to become a gladiator after being captured by slave traders, who lead him back to Rome to fight as a gladiator while plotting his revenge against Emperor that betrayed him.
If you'll recall, Lucius was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), and watched on as his uncle was killed by Maximus in the gladiator arena.
Released in 2000, Gladiator fetched 11 Oscar nominations and won the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects awards.