If you were going to come up with a sequel to a popular Hollywood hit movie, would you put in a call to Nick Cave?
No, we wouldn't, either. But Russell Crowe is not like us, and thought Cave would be the man for the job. Despite it being Nick Cave, and his character being dead.
Cave came up with a plot. Or possibly lost one. Hard to say:
"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.It's hard to believe this movie was never made, isn't it?
I wanted to call it Christ Killer," Cave continues. "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's a pity they didn't give the new Star Wars trilogy to Nick.