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Director Ridley Scott at SiriusXM 'Town Hall- Exodus: Gods and Kings' special. (Getty Images)

Director Ridley Scott‘s epic drama Gladiator premiered in 2000, starring Russell Crowe in the title role, opposite Joaquin Phoenix. It’s been 18 years since the Roman period flick hit theaters, and now Scott is talking about making a follow-up.

The initial story revolved around a former Roman General (Crowe) who was forced into slavery and to compete as a gladiator in an arena, merely for the royal and public’s entertainment. He wasn’t just fighting for his life, but for the memory of his family who were slain by the corrupt Emperor Commodus (Phoenix).

The next film is set to be written by Peter Craig (Hunger Games) and will follow Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and the nephew to Commudus, reports RadioTimes. Maximus actually saved Lucius from his tyrannical uncle in the first film.

So, therein lies the question: What about Maximus?

For those who remember the ending (Spoiler Alert: he died), and are wondering if Crowe will return, Scott may have some finagling to do with the storyline in terms of getting Crowe back on the screen.

Last year, Scott talked to Entertainment Weekly about resurrecting Crowe’s character, saying, “I know how to bring him back. I was having this talk with the studio – ‘but he’s dead.’ But there is a way of bringing him back. Whether it will happen I don’t know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s changed a little bit. He’s doing something right now but I’m trying to get him back down here.”

What do you think? Should Maximus return… or, leave it be? 

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By Brigid Brown