Nick Cave Wanted To Call Gladiator Sequel ‘Christ Killer’
Did you know what Nick Cave once wrote a screenplay for a sequel to Gladiator that never made it into production?
Well, he did. Now for the best bit: do you know why Nick Cave’s screenplay for Gladiator 2 never made it into cinemas?
Because he wanted to set it partly in the afterworld, partly during the Vietnam war, and he wanted to call it – maybe you should sit down for this – Christ Killer.
The Bad Seeds musician told Den Of Geek: “(Crowe) rang me up and asked if I wanted to write Gladiator 2. 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.
“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.”
Cave went on to describe what Crowe made of his script: “‘Don’t like it mate.’ ‘What about the end?’ ‘Don’t like it mate.’”