’300′ Spin-off Gets A Title & Directorial Candidates

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:51 am,

300 Prequel Battle of Artemisia 300 Spin off Gets A Title & Directorial Candidates

Ever since 300 hit theaters in 2007 to bank over $450 million – without 3D and with an R-rating – there’s been plenty of interest from the studio and fans for a follow-up. Whether that be a prequel or a sequel, and who would direct said film remained the points of contention for quite some time, but now we’re finally nearing the path of forward development.

Two months ago we learned the 300 prequel would no longer be titled Xerxes and now we have a new title for the film. We also now know the two candidates Warner Bros. is looking at to take over the director’s chair from Zack Snyder.

Snyder launched his career forward and introduced the now-overused, stylized slow-motion action with 300 and fans were excited to see him return to helm the follow-up. Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. giving him the opportunity to reboot the Superman franchise with Man of Steel instead, took him out of the director’s chair but he’s still intimately involved with the project and in the selection of his replacement.

Back at the end of ’09 we learned that Frank Miller had finished the story of the next 300 graphic novel, a prequel to be titled Xerxes.  Snyder affirmed for fans that he would work on the next movie until the graphic novel was finished. That happened and while work went into the art, Snyder began work on the screenplay.

Deadline has the scoop that the film has now been re-titled 300: Battle of Artemisia and that the two directors in the running are Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. These names may be unfamiliar to you, but that won’t be for long. Murro was chosen to direct Die Hard 5 and Collet-Serra is coming off directing the Liam Neeson thriller, Unknown.

As for the story of the prequel, it will explore the history Xerxes, beginning back at the Battle of Marathon (approx. 490 B.C.) and concluding with the Battle of Artemisium – which occurred at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae in 300. Back when doing press for Watchmen, Snyder explained that the next film would take place between the Battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.) and the Battle of Plataea (479 B.C.) so with all of this new information, we’re getting a clearer picture of what Miller’s 300 follow-up is about.

Snyder’s description of the story reveals the extended timeline of the film’s story:

“Darius [the Persian king and father of Xerxes] gets wounded at Marathon and he’s super cool and like a great guy.  Even the Greeks are like ‘Darius is awesome.’  After Darius dies, Xerxes is so distraught, but Darius had told him, ‘Don’t attack the Greeks, only a god can punish the Greeks.’  So that’s when he calls his mystics and wizards and says, ‘Make me a god so I can avenge my father.’”

Are you psyched for another stylized take on the Greco-Persian Wars?

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Source: Deadline

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  1. I am ready for a new one. :)

    • me2 =)

  2. It’s a prequel. Should’ve been named 299. :D

    • #Approve

    • 301, surely? :-P

  3. YES.

  4. “Ever since 300 hit theaters in 2007 to bank over $450 million – without 3D and with an R-rating”

    What?? I think you need to recheck that statement and the fact that there was tons of nudity and graphic violence in 300. Dont get me wrong I am all for an R rating but too many Studios claim that R rated titles dont make as much money as other PG movies and this proves it false.

    • I read that all wrong, ignore my faux pas, really sleepy here today.

  5. The only way this movie will make that much money is if it taps into men’s macho-ness again. I can’t quite see Xerxes doing that.

    300 made me want to take up a sword and charge into the nearest convenience store yelling “Sparta!”

  6. Does it really make sense to put ’300′ in the title if it has nothing to do with the 300 soldiers in the first movie? I get that they want to make the connection to the original in the title, it just seems weird.

    • It does, unless you take in account the marketing advantage to promote a movie with a name tag people are familiar with instead of a completely different name like “Xerxes.”

      Then it makes sense.

  7. “Even the Greeks are like ‘Darius is awesome.’”

    Darius WAS pretty awesome. I’d watch a movie about Darius, even if its really about Xerxes.

    • Agreed. Darius should have been the central character.

      But I guess they can always make another prequel.

      • Every movie they make should be a prequel to the one that came out before it. Seems like Hollywood is making too many sequels, so they should make a whole bunch of sequels that go backwards :)

  8. I am tired of prequels.

  9. These events would be 10x better with a straight epic telling, instead of all the ’300′ crap. ‘Gates of Fire’ anyone? Color me disappointed.

  10. “Darius [the Persian king and father of Xerxes] gets wounded at Marathon and he’s super cool and like a great guy. Even the Greeks are like ‘Darius is awesome.’ After Darius dies, Xerxes is so distraught, but Darius had told him, ‘Don’t attack the Greeks, only a god can punish the Greeks.’ So that’s when he calls his mystics and wizards and says, ‘Make me a god so I can avenge my father.’”

    Jesus, that sounds stupid.

  11. I hope the unknown guy gets it I remember going to the movies and seeing 300 when I was 10 with my dad were big greek and romen buffs.

  12. I call this an EPIC BOMB!