Nick Cave Reacts To ‘Gladiator’ Sequel Dismissing His Screenplay

Nick Cave was asked to write the screenplay for Gladiator 2, although he had only written one film script at the time. The artist rolled up his sleeves and finished the job. But in the end, they didn’t go with Cave’s piece. And to this day, he’s unhappy about it.

The Bad Seeds frontman recently met with NME for an interview and The Gladiator 2 subject was on the table amongst many questions. Cave spoke on the movie is happening without him:

“It’s an outrage! How dare they? Is Russell Crowe anything to do with it? He’s a great actor. He can be amazing. He’s one of those actors that can be a wildcard. Like Mel Gibson too, there’s something just a little off going on that’s pretty exciting.”

Nick Cave’s script was canned way before the shootings for Gladiator 2 began. Russell Crowe initially contacted him to work on the sequel even though all the main characters were killed in the first film. The singer explained his Christ Killer on WTF podcast, via NME:

“(Crowe) rang me up and asked if I wanted to write ‘Gladiator 2,” he said. “For someone who had only written one film script, it was quite an ask. ‘Hey Russell, didn’t you die in ‘Gladiator 1′?’ ‘Yeah, you sort that out.’ So, he goes down to purgatory and is sent down by the gods, who are dying in heaven because there’s this one god, there’s this Christ character, down on Earth who is gaining popularity and so the many gods are dying so they send Gladiator back to kill Christ and his followers.”

Cave dug deeper for the audience, explaining how he named it Christ Killer and the end of his screenplay. He continued:

“I wanted to call it ‘Christ Killer’ and in the end you find out that the main guy was his son so he has to kill his son and he was tricked by the gods. He becomes this eternal warrior and it ends with this 20 minute war scene which follows all the wars in history, right up to Vietnam and all that sort of stuff and it was wild. It was a stone cold masterpiece. I enjoyed writing it very much because I knew on every level that it was never going to get made. Let’s call it a popcorn dropper.”

You can reach NME’s full interview with Nick Cave by clicking here.