on Gladiator's fans forum, there's been one hell of damn great script for a sequel done by one of the fans ( that guy is nuts about anything roman
). it assumes Maximus is of course seriously wounded, on the verge of the dying and the juncture with the end of the first opus is very smartly and credibly written. the fact is, the 3 years following the assasination of Commodus are full of very tough moments in Rome's history, until the arrival of the Septimus Severus, who was in charge of the Bretain territories ( sorry Eric
) and marched on Rome in 193 I think or so, which was a first for a Roman general. In fact, he freed the city and the pretorians surrendered to him, outside of the city. But the 36months before were total anarchy in Rome after Commodus's death.
the script takes great care of the historical facts (even more than Gladiator itself, which took enormous liberties compared to Commodus' ruling in fact, which laster about 10years).
there's a huge debate of course among fans, the majority still prefering, IF an opus 2 is done, to be a prequel. I'm for a sequel, much more interesting and doable. Sort of back to the historical facts. the title could THE GENERAL or MAXIMUS. something like that.
Septimus Severus was born in 145 A.D. at Leptis Magna in Tripolitinia, near the modern day city of Al Khums in Libyia, and he died in 211 from an illness at Emburacum. He reigned as emperor from 193 to 211. His father was Publius Septimus Geta and his mother was Fulvia Pia. Both his mother and father descended from members of successful equestrian families who had strong senatorial ties.
Little is known about his early background or career, but he became quaestor of Rome around 169 A.D. Shortly after becoming quaestor he married Paccia Marciana ; a few years later she died, childless. He then became the tribune of plebs in 174, and then praetor in 177. In 179 he went to Syria to serve as legate. Shortly after he was in office he was removed by Commodus. A major turning point occurred in 184 A.D. when he became an imperial favorite. Commodous appointed him as post governor of Gallia, under Lugdenensis. A year later Commodous promoted him , making him governor of Sicily.
Septimus remarried to Julia Domna, a Syrian noble woman. Julia gave birth to Septimus's two sons Carracalla 188 and Geta 189. In 190 Septimus became consul of Rome. Then in 192, Commodous was assassinated and Pertinax succeeded him. Pertinax was later killed by the praetorian guard, because they did not agree with his visions for Rome. Then the guard auctioned off the emperorship to Didius Julianus This greatly angered Septimus and many others who supported Septimus.
Out of his anger and with support from his army he accepted his soldiers salutatio and began to march towards Rome. He overcame all opposition, and seized control of Rome.