Gladiator 2, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s award-winning historical drama Gladiator, has caused a lot of trouble in Malta because it asked the European Theater Fund for a $50 million refund. The second movie is set 20 years after the first one and is mostly about Commodus’s nephew, Lucius.
He is now an adult, and the story is about how he has changed since Maximus saved him from his uncle. Scott is back to direct the movie, which has an all-star cast that includes Paul Mescal as Lucius, Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechingawy, and May Calamawy.
Many people are upset that Gladiator 2 made $50 million, but Malta’s Film Commissioner Johann Grech has spoken out.
Gladiator 2 Gets Backlash For $50 Million Refund
People in Malta don’t like that Gladiator 2 broke a new box office record in Europe and made $50 million. Ridley Scott’s famous historical story continues in the new movie. It is set 20 years after the movie that won an Oscar in 2000.
It’s about Commodus’s nephew Lucius as an adult and how he’s changed since Maximus set him free from his uncle. Scott is back in charge, and he has put together a big group for Gladiator 2. Paul Mescal plays Lucius, and Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, and May Calamawy are also in the group.
Just a few days after the $50 million return for Gladiator 2 was made public, a lot of people are upset about it. In response, Malta’s Film Commissioner, Johann Grech, put up a new movie on Twitter. The Times of Malta put it into English. Grech did everything he could to explain why foreign films were given such a big refund.
He said that local businesses that are against it are “attacking the stability of the film industry.” He also said that the goal was not to hurt local businesses, but to help them “attract more foreign investment.” Listen to what Grech says by watching the movie and reading the quote below:
Whoever is against the Maltese cash rebate reward is against the security of the movie business. This is an attack on our country that is meant to keep investment from other countries away. People who don’t like the cash return don’t want you to keep your job or have a good future.
But we’ll keep your job safe. It hurts Maltese and Gozitan people’s work and hurts business owners who put money into the industry. What you do matters to us. When we talk to foreign film companies, we tell them that you are one of the main reasons we can bring so many movies to our country, and I will not let anyone stop you from doing your job.
It’s another reason to get more foreign investment, like the ones we give to gaming and financial services businesses. I’m trying to say that we need to work together. When we were on our own, we never got anywhere.
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