Madman musical genius Nick Cave is no stranger to strange filmmaking gigs. The man wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed Western, The Proposition, he’s acted in a few productions, and scored a bevy of greats like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and documentary The English Surgeon. One of his pet projects, though, that never saw the light of day was a wild screenplay for a Gladiator sequel. The Guardian reports on the details of his “lost” scipt:
Following the success of Gladiator, released in 2000, Crowe and Scott invited Cave to write a script for the sequel. They hoped that the macabre musician could find a creative solution to Gladiator 2‘s main hurdle – that Maximus, Crowe’s character, dies at the end of the first film.
The Bad Seed certainly came up with an inventive solution. According to one blog’s synopsis of the script, Crowe’s Maximus meddles with Roman gods in the afterlife, is reincarnated, defends early Christians, reunites with his son, and ultimately lives forever – leading tanks in the second world war and even mucking around in the modern-day Pentagon.