The story that the film "Gladiator" was an extremely rare case of Hollywood needing to make something less ridiculous than reality to present it for big screen audiences suggests a film contest attempting to depict the most outlandish gladiatorial event imaginable. Perhaps set it in pseudo-modern times. Bill Veeck.
Can modern filmmakers exceed the unconstrained creativity of the Roman empire?
"Are you not entertained?" "Nonne delectamini?"