Site Columns By Caillan
January 21, 2002 - 12:27 PM

Hello World!

I wonder if I went back through all my Hello Worlds!, how many would deal with the film 'Gladiator'? Anyway, you're about to get another one...

Yesterday I had the chance to read David Franzoni's original script for the film - what a difference! Not so much a difference quality-wise, but more a difference in tone. The finished movie dealt with the topic of "the star" and "audience gratification," but the original draft was even more satirical, complete with Maximus (or Narcissus as he was then) endorsing products such as chariots and olive oil.

The African scenes were completely missing in this draft, with the scene jumping straight from the German front to Rome. I agree with director Ridley Scott here - it was a pacing issue. In the final film the transition from general to slave to gladiator is more fully realised, while the original seemed to lack that.

In the next few days I'll have a read through John Logan's second draft to see how he incorporated the changes - certainly there were very few lines of dialogue from Franzoni's draft that made it into the final film.

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