Gladiator 2000 info:-
Gladiator 2000 American historical epic film, released in 2000, was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Russell Crowe. It won critical accolades, large audiences, and five Academy Awards. Gladiator takes place in AD 180 and is loosely based on historical figures.
Roman forces, led by the general Maximus (Crowe), defeat Germanic tribes, bringing temporary peace to the Roman Empire. The emperor, Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris), tells Maximus that he would like Maximus to succeed him upon his death.
and for Maximus to return power to the Senate, restoring the Roman Republic. However, Gladiator 2000 when Marcus Aurelius tells his arrogant and unstable son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) about the plan, Commodus flies into a rage and kills his father.
Commodus becomes emperor and orders the death of Maximus and his family. Maximus escapes and rushes to his home in Spain, only to find his wife and son already dead and his house burned down. Maximus is then taken by a slave trader to North Africa.
where he is sold to the gladiator trainer Proximo (Oliver Reed). Proximo and his troupe know Maximus only as of the Spaniard, and he soon becomes a top gladiator under that name. When Commodus decides to stage a gladiatorial spectacle in Rome, Proximo brings his gladiators to participate.
Gladiator 2000 Plot:-
In AD 180, Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius intends to return to his home after he leads the Roman army to victory against the Germanic tribes near Vindobona on the Limes Germanicus. Emperor Marcus Aurelius tells Maximus that his son, Commodus.
is unfit to rule and that he wishes Maximus to succeed him, as regent, to help save Rome (Italy) from corruption. Commodus, upon hearing this, murders his father. Commodus announces that he is the new Emperor and asks Maximus for his loyalty.
but the general refuses. Maximus is arrested by the Praetorian Guard and is told that he and his family will die. He kills his captors, although not without injury, and rides for his home near Trujillo, where he finds his family murdered.
Maximus buries his wife and son; then collapses from his injuries. He is found by slavers who take him to the city of Zucchabar in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis, where he is sold to a gladiator trainer named Proximo.
Although reluctant at first, Maximus fights in local tournaments and befriends two other gladiators: Juba, a Numidian; and Hagen, a German. His military skills help him win matches and gain recognition from other gladiators and the crowd.
Proximo reveals that he was once a gladiator who was freed by Marcus Aurelius and advises Maximus that he must “win the crowd”, Gladiator 2000 to win his freedom.
Proximo takes his gladiators to fight in Rome’s Colosseum because Commodus has organized 150 days of games. Disguised by a masked helmet, Maximus debuts in gladiatorial combat in the Colosseum as a Carthaginian in a re-enactment of the Battle of Zama. Unexpectedly, Maximus leads his side to victory, and Commodus enters the Colosseum to offer his congratulations. Please See More Information…….
Gladiator 2000 Production:-
Gladiator was based on an original pitch by David Franzoni, who wrote the first draft. Franzoni was given a three-picture deal with DreamWorks as writer and co-producer on the strength of his previous work, Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, which helped establish the reputation of DreamWorks.
Not a classical scholar, Franzoni was inspired by Daniel P. Mannix’s 1958 novel Those About to Die, Gladiator 2000 and he chose to base his story on Commodus after reading the Augustan History.
In Franzoni’s first draft, dated April 4, 1998, he named his protagonist Narcissus, a wrestler who, according to the ancient sources Herodian and Cassius Dio, strangled Emperor Commodus to death. Ridley Scott was approached by producers Walter F. Parkes and Douglas Wick.
They showed him a copy of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 1872 painting entitled Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down). Scott was enticed by filming the world of Ancient Rome. However, Scott felt Franzoni’s dialogue was too “on the nose” (lacking subtlety) and hired John Logan to rewrite the script to his liking.
Logan rewrote much of the first act and decided to kill off Maximus’s family to increase the character’s motivation. Russell Crowe describes being eager for the role as pitched by Walter F. Parkes, in his interview for Inside the Actors Studio:
“They said, ‘It’s a 100-million-dollar film. You’re being directed by Ridley Scott. You play a Roman General.’ I’ve always been a big fan of Ridley’s. With two weeks to go before filming, the actors complained of problems with the script.
William Nicholson was brought to Shepperton Studios to make Maximus a more sensitive character. Nicholson reworked Maximus’ friendship with Juba and developed the afterlife thread in the film, saying, “he did not want to see a film about a man who wanted to kill somebody.”
Gladiator 2000 Pre-production:-
In preparation for filming, Scott spent several months developing storyboards to develop the framework of the plot. Over six weeks, production members scouted various locations within the extent of the Roman Empire before its collapse, including Italy, France, North Africa, and England.
All of the film’s props, sets, and costumes were manufactured by crew members due to the high costs and unavailability of the items. One hundred suits of steel armor and 550 suits in polyurethane were made by Rod Vass and his company Armordillo.
The unique sprayed-polyurethane system was developed by Armordillo and pioneered for this production. Gladiator 2000 Over three months, 27,500 component pieces of armor were made.