Prepare to be entertained by ''Gladiator 2.'' The Oscar-winning sword-and-sandals epic spawns a sequel, sans Russell Crowe or Joaquin Phoenix

By Gary Susman
Updated September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Gladiator (2000 movie)

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Now that the box office and Oscar success of ”Gladiator” has spawned a host of ancient-world epics, the film’s creators are hopping on their own bandwagon. According to the Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks and Universal, the studios that teamed up to produce the 2000 Best Picture winner, have hired John Logan, one of that film’s three Oscar-nominated screenwriters, to pen a sequel.

Of course, ”Gladiator 2” (what, no Roman numerals?), set 15 years after the original, will be missing Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, whose characters were among the many casualties in the first film. Plus, the Crowe-less sequel will be competing with several other sword-and-sandals epics due out in the next couple years, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s Alexander the Great movie, Vin Diesel’s biopic of Hannibal, and Brad Pitt’s Trojan War drama. Are you not entertained?

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Gladiator (2000 movie)

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