Noam Murro up to Direct the ’300′ Spin-off

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:51 am,

300 battle of artemisia noam murro director Noam Murro up to Direct the 300 Spin off

With Warner Bros. anxious to begin production on 300: Battle of Artemisia – and Zack Snyder being too busy rebooting the Superman franchise to oversee the 300 spin-off –  the studio has been on a lookout for a replacement director since the beginning of this year (and before, most likely).

Guy Ritchie was briefly eyed as a potential helmer for the new project (which is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming Xerxes comic book) before last month, when two other gentlemen were floated as possibilities: Jaume Collet-Serrra (Unknown) and Noam Murro (Smart People).

According to Heat Vision, Warner Bros. officials were impressed enough with both filmmakers to go ahead and set Collet-Serra up with its live-action Akira project – while also selecting Murro to handle Battle of Artemisia. An official offer to Murro (which he is expected to accept) will reportedly be made early next week, so look for an update in the near future.

For those not in the know, the soon-to-be-published “Xerxes” revolves around the titular character, who served as the primary antagonist in 300. Both the new book from Miller and its cinematic counterpart change things up by featuring the Persian leader as the protagonist of the story instead.

Snyder and his 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad penned the script for the new 300 pic, which chronicles the experiences of Xerxes as he develops a major god complex, in the aftermath of his father’s death, and wages war against the Greek warlord Themistocles. That conflict ultimately culminates with the battle of Artemisium (an event that occurred at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae in 300).

300 battle artemisia Noam Murro up to Direct the 300 Spin off

Reportedly, the plan is for Murro to shoot Battle of Artemisia in “the same stylized vein as Snyder did with ‘300′,” which admittedly does make him a bit of an odd choice for director. Snyder’s hyper-realistic filmmaking style has been imitated (some would say aped or ripped off) in many an action-oriented blockbuster released over the past four years – including, perhaps most clearly, in the upcoming swords and sandals Greek epic, Immortals. However, Murro’s sole previous directorial effort was a low-budget, character-driven indie film, so it’s near impossible to say whether or not he’s up to the challenge of making Snyder’s now-familiar aesthetic feel fresh or innovative (like Tarsem Singh appears to have done, to a degree, with Immortals).

On the other hand: Battle of Artemisia is an actual part of the 300 franchise, so moviegoers will likely be more accepting if Murro merely retains the visual style of Snyder’s film – and instead goes the standard sequel/prequel/spin-off route of attempting to garner people’s interest by making everything (the battles, deaths, drama, etc.) bigger and shinier than it was in 300. Heck, Frank Miller all but admitted before that was the same idea behind his Xerxes comic book even!


We’ll keep you posted on the status of 300: Battle of Artemisia as more information is released.

Source: THR

TAGS: 300, Xerxes
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  1. flop…

  2. Could be good.

  3. GATES OF FIRE… missed opportunity.

    • It’d be misleading and meaningless though, Michael, except as a cheesy reference to Thermopylae: Artemisium was a completely separate battle, took place at sea, and ended in a strategic withdrawal by the Greeks.

      • I know all of this. I’m saying they missed a huge opportunity to adapt the book “Gates of Fire” by Steven Pressfield instead.

        • Ah right, I’m with you. I thought you were just suggesting the title in the context of Miller’s sequel!

  4. “Can he recreate the hyper-realistic style of Zack Snyder’s ’300′ adaptation?”


    You really have to ask “why?” if you wonder about recreating the style of “300″.

    Will a copy of 300 be any better? Is it necessary? Will it bring anything new to the table?

    • It’s in the same franchise, so why wouldn’t they use the same style? Stop trying to sound so intelligent. Your friends aren’t here so no need to show off.

      • I agree with mike, the only reason they are making this movie is because they know people that liked 300 will flock to see it and make tons of money. Hopefully it will be good, but I honestly have zero hope for this movie. I believe it will not add anything new or innovative and will go, as stated in the article, the bigger shinier route. Warner Bros should invest some money in a worthwhile project not just a sequel cash cow. But what do you expect? People like bad movies if they look pretty, and studios will continue to invest in them as long as they think they will make money.

      • now that you’ve insulted some random anonymous stranger on the internet, does your ego feel inflated? is your e-peen feeling good now?

        • yup.

  5. A lot of directors look to have copied Snyder’s visual style, so I could also see that happening with this project.

    I just wouldn’t call Snyder’s style as hyper-realistic, because his style is anything *but* realistic. Hyper-macho, maybe?

    • I believe by hyper-realistic they mean, beyond realistic

  6. Hate’s a strong word but i hate the new name of the movie i preferred it when it was called Xerxes and let me get this straight we’re meant to care about a character that was the big bad in 300 ummm no sorry don’t like that idea the name Xerxes is still cool tho, i’d sooner see sin city 2

  7. I loved when 300 initally debuted. Had this been made 2-3 years later I would prolly still flock to the theatres but with it coming out atleast 6 years later (Im gonna assume 2013 march release) im really not tbat interested. Less slow mo wold def Help the cause.

  8. Bring back Gerard Butler(somehow) and you can count me in.