Gerard Butler Is In For 300 Prequel/Sequel?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated October 9th, 2009 at 5:34 pm,

300 sequel king leonidas gerard butler Gerard Butler Is In For 300 Prequel/Sequel?

As far as we know, a second 300 movie is currently being worked on by Frank Miller, the creator and artist of the original 300 graphic novel. After the amazing success of the rated-R film back in 2007, it’s no wonder they want to pump out another one. Miller is interested, producer Marc Canton is interested and most importantly, Director Zack Snyder is interested… But only if Miller makes a graphic novel for it first.

The major question surrounding the project however, is when it would take place and who would it be about. Well, Gerard Butler is certainly interested in returning if it happens…

Just over a year ago at a Warner Brothers presentation for Watchmen, Zack Snyder revealed that the next movie would take place “between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea,” the latter of which is where the first film ended off with Dilios, the one-eyed narrator (David Wenham), leading the Greeks into battle.

The obvious assumption is that it would take place where the first film left off with Dilios or someone else narrating about battles that took place before the events of 300.

I don’t know about you but when I first started seeing the promo material for 300, it was marketed as a visually epic action film with insane fight sequences. That’s what I wanted to see, that’s what I did see, that’s what I loved about it and I didn’t have to look deep into it for other reasons.

So on that note, when we hear news updates on a second 300 film, I personally get excited while some think the first should act as a standalone.

MTV spoke with Gerard Butler, whose new movie Law Abiding Citizen debuts October 16th, and they touched on the prospect of King Leonidas returning.

“I had an incredible time doing the first one, and I think that if the first one was a stand-alone, as a one-off, there’s no bad thing in that… But, you know, let’s see what it might bring forward with a second one.”

He also clarified by saying that he doesn’t know how “real” the project is at the moment but if it all comes to fruition, we’ll likely get the chance to see our favorite Herculean warriors on screen again to tear it up, Spartan style. Gerard Butler, David Wehnham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey – bring them all back!

We can also expect to see the same aesthetic of the first movie which Snyder said he will preserve, but the second project will definitely be much larger in scale, with more epic landscapes of Greece, including Athens and the Aegean. The same green screen tech and methodology will be employed for the next movie to keep that same look and to keep costs low.

Are you excited to see more intense Spartan action in a sequel/prequel to 300?

Source: MTV

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  1. WOW!!
    I wanted more action, now I’ll get more action!

    King Leonidas returning???? Not sure about that, maybe flashbacks…

  2. Oh Heck Yeah I am! Those Greeks made battles into art. They were the first to organize weaponry and armies successfully, the Romans later followed. How can it not be exciting?

  3. I don’t think that you can say Butler’s “in” exactly. Basically, he’s said if someone brings him something “real”, rather than rumor, he’ll look at it. He’s also said, many times, he can’t imagine doing another one or putting himself through what it would take to get into that kind of shape again.

    As for a sequel/prequel itself, if it springs from the mind of Frank Miller first and then the original creators of the film climb back aboard, I’m sure it’ll kick some serious ass no matter who they get to star in it.

  4. i loved the first film,but a sequel or prequel would just be ridiculous if it’s not true to greek history like the first one was.

  5. um didnt he die at the end, if u brought him back it would make no sense. 300 was epic and awsome no need for a sequel it would never live up to the first. just make another novel but change the people.

  6. Said it before and I’ll say it again (tedious old stoat that I am): the problem with flashbacks would be that the first Persian invasion of Greece culminated with the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, which was fought largely by those “boy lovers” the Athenians. Sparta was otherwise occupied going through the hoo-hah surrounding the transfer of power from King Cleomenes to his half-brother Leonidas after the former’s suspicious death. The Spartans only got their act together and showed up after the Battle of Marathon was over.

    History doesn’t record Leonidas doing a whole heck of a lot in the ten-year period between his ascension to the throne and Thermopylae, so anything worth involving Gerard Butler in would have to be pretty much invented rather than merely embellished a la 300. Whatever the case, there’s no way any minor skirmishes involving the Spartans from that time would carry the same cultural or even basic balls-to-the-wall visual impact as Thermopylae did. I wait with bated breath for Frank Miller to take that stupid hat off and prove me wrong.

  7. @ The Big Dentist,

    300 isn’t exactly historically accurate in the details, lol. I don’t think it would be an issue for them to write more for the main characters of 300.

    @ Kantstandya

    King Leonidas is dead during 300, his stories and our perspective are told through Dilios’ narrated story. The sequel (if they went this direction) could do the same.

    Butler’s Leonidas is a massive selling point so I could see them writing him in. Either way, I’m interested in seeing what Miller comes up with for the second graphic novel.

  8. Well, if we’re talking “historically accurate”, they could do “300 vs Passion of the Christ”! Now there’s a franchise that would work, no?

  9. Rob, I stand by my second paragraph! The reason 300 worked wasn’t just because of the kick-ass visuals, but because you knew what was at stake and what was being sacrificed by “the few”. That’s simply not going to be there if they start making stuff up.

  10. how can gerard butler play in the second film when in the end of the first, he died.

  11. what the hell would it be about? the hunchback of notre dame guy? WTF

  12. then again 300 was one of the best bad-ass movies ever