American Gladiators creator Johnny Ferraro has announced plans to make a big-screen version of the gameshow, described in Variety as “live-action”, which I think it is anyway.
The film will reportedly focus on an “action story that takes place inside the world Ferraro has created”. I cannot imagine if this means the world will be treated to some sort of postmodern, meta interpretation of the Gladitors world or, more likely, if a couple of wrestlers will be hired to try and stop a nerdy hero from reaching the end of the eliminator.
I really cannot quite understand how, why, who or if this could ever be successful or happen at all. It seems to have little, if no, actual storyline to speak of and Gladiators itself is, in no way, conducive to telling a story. Unless they decide to have a lead character who goes to compete on the show, although even that is essentially just what happens every week.
I don’t know what will come to big screens next, but this is a truly troubling sign of things to come.