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300 prequel gets an update, no longer called Xerxes

04.06.2011

If you thought that a prequel to 300 was a spur of the moment decision after the film became popular, not so. The project is still in the works, and now has an update from producer Mark Canton who spoke to MTV about the film.

“It’s not called Xerxes anymore. We don’t know [what it's called] yet.”

"It’s been worth the wait. You know, that group of people [who worked on '300'], we’re really a family. That’s part of what made that movie so gratifying. Rather than doing the bad sequel, Zack led the way, we took our time. And now I think we have something that is going to be fantastic."

That would seem to imply that Snyder might still be onboard, rather than be replaced by Guy Ritchie as was previously rumored.

The man writing the story, Frank Millar has previously explained what the story would cover, and don't worry, there are plenty of more epic battles to be fought.

"The story will be the same heft as ‘300' but it cover a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days… This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in ‘300? were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it’s a sweeping tale with gods and warriors. The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of 300.

…the story starts with the Battle of Marathon” … “The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than ‘300? in that it involves Xerxes search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he well on his way to godhood by the end of the story. With Themistocles I have a character who is almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure. He was nicknamed ‘The Subtle Serpent’ and he always manages to do the exact right things that will result in him benefiting greatly.”

Would you see this? Judging by my comment avatar, you know I sure as shit would.

Extra Tidbit: But for the record, SUCKER PUNCH is an abomination.
Source: MTVSlashfilm

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3:27PM on 04/07/2011
Frank MILLER.
Frank MILLER.
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2:47AM on 04/07/2011
A lot of people forget that 300 was based on a graphic novel and the story had a campfire mentality. Stories told around the campfire are blown way out of proportion hence that oversized ugly prick and the frikken huge elephants. I enjoyed it for what is was, a piece of entertainment and I will welcome a sequel providing it's done right. So go ahead and shoot me down in flames for having my own opinion coz that's what goes on round here. Right?
A lot of people forget that 300 was based on a graphic novel and the story had a campfire mentality. Stories told around the campfire are blown way out of proportion hence that oversized ugly prick and the frikken huge elephants. I enjoyed it for what is was, a piece of entertainment and I will welcome a sequel providing it's done right. So go ahead and shoot me down in flames for having my own opinion coz that's what goes on round here. Right?
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5:49PM on 04/07/2011
Thank god someone else realized that the story was being told by a Greek soldier. I was getting sick of seeing comments like "what's with the mutant Persians", etc.
Thank god someone else realized that the story was being told by a Greek soldier. I was getting sick of seeing comments like "what's with the mutant Persians", etc.
11:40PM on 04/06/2011
I am a big fan of ancient Naval battles. The sea battle in Ben Hur got me started as a kid so I hope that this possible Naval Battle will be truly epic
I am a big fan of ancient Naval battles. The sea battle in Ben Hur got me started as a kid so I hope that this possible Naval Battle will be truly epic
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10:38PM on 04/06/2011

sucker punch...

i dont understand the bashing against "suckerpunch". it was all but fun.
i dont understand the bashing against "suckerpunch". it was all but fun.
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6:49AM on 04/07/2011
Saw Sucker Punch. It didn't quite work for me. Were all those hallucinations drug induced? If not then maybe she really was crazy.
Saw Sucker Punch. It didn't quite work for me. Were all those hallucinations drug induced? If not then maybe she really was crazy.
8:55PM on 04/06/2011
Its a Frank Miller story nuff said...
Its a Frank Miller story nuff said...
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7:50PM on 04/06/2011

No interest.

'300' was horrendous, more preoccupied with slow motion shots of men stroking their weapons, "thrusting of swords," bare-chested men fondling each other than telling a story well.
'300' was horrendous, more preoccupied with slow motion shots of men stroking their weapons, "thrusting of swords," bare-chested men fondling each other than telling a story well.
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5:35PM on 04/06/2011

We'll see...

...but I'll watch anything Snyder's involved in now. And the haters can suck it. Sucker Punch was fantastic. There wasn't a single second of that movie I was less than enthralled.
...but I'll watch anything Snyder's involved in now. And the haters can suck it. Sucker Punch was fantastic. There wasn't a single second of that movie I was less than enthralled.
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6:50AM on 04/07/2011
I downloaded 300 and didn't watch it. I admit I enjoyed seeing Jamie Chung in fishnets though. :)
I downloaded 300 and didn't watch it. I admit I enjoyed seeing Jamie Chung in fishnets though. :)
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5:15PM on 04/06/2011
The comic this is going to be based on is still called Xerxes, not sure why they would change it.
Also if you didn't like 300 why would read the article and post about it??? I don't read High School Musical articles and post about them, because A: I don't care B: other people enjoy them and good for them.
The comic this is going to be based on is still called Xerxes, not sure why they would change it.
Also if you didn't like 300 why would read the article and post about it??? I don't read High School Musical articles and post about them, because A: I don't care B: other people enjoy them and good for them.
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4:25PM on 04/06/2011
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4:25PM on 04/06/2011
Will the poster read, "From the Producers of 'Immortals'"?
Will the poster read, "From the Producers of 'Immortals'"?
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3:48PM on 04/06/2011

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This site continuously looses my respect with every article that bashes a movie for the "fun" of it.

Can I please read an article that discusses the joy of seeing films instead of having an opinion shoved down my throat. I miss JoBlo's writing.
This site continuously looses my respect with every article that bashes a movie for the "fun" of it.

Can I please read an article that discusses the joy of seeing films instead of having an opinion shoved down my throat. I miss JoBlo's writing.
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3:17PM on 04/06/2011

A 300 prequel is fine I guess...

but when the Hell are we ever gonna see another Sin City?
but when the Hell are we ever gonna see another Sin City?
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5:03PM on 04/06/2011
No shit! RR needs to quit making Nike commercials and get after it.
No shit! RR needs to quit making Nike commercials and get after it.
2:58PM on 04/06/2011
Man that is one creepy ass picture at the top of this article.
Man that is one creepy ass picture at the top of this article.
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2:32PM on 04/06/2011

pass

also haven't seen/nor care to see suckerpunch
also haven't seen/nor care to see suckerpunch
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2:12PM on 04/06/2011
I didn't care for '300.' But I would totally be up for a movie about the Battle of Marathon and Themistocles, just maybe not this one.
I didn't care for '300.' But I would totally be up for a movie about the Battle of Marathon and Themistocles, just maybe not this one.
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2:06PM on 04/06/2011
I'd see it. And Sucker Punch was junk, but it entertained the hell out of me.
I'd see it. And Sucker Punch was junk, but it entertained the hell out of me.
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2:01PM on 04/06/2011
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2:01PM on 04/06/2011
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1:38PM on 04/06/2011

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I quite enjoyed Sucker Punch for what it was.

If everyone from 300 is onboard, heck, I'm onboard too.
I quite enjoyed Sucker Punch for what it was.

If everyone from 300 is onboard, heck, I'm onboard too.
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1:34PM on 04/06/2011
That actually sounds really interesting.

A lot more so than a story about "only" Xerxes.
That actually sounds really interesting.

A lot more so than a story about "only" Xerxes.
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1:34PM on 04/06/2011

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No crap! Anyone who thought that movie looked good and would do well is a fanboy, it looked and was crap. Now that doenst mean you couldnt like it, it just means if you were surprised by its failing you dont have a neutral eye towards things, like the execs who greenlight it. More 300, less sucker punch ever again.
No crap! Anyone who thought that movie looked good and would do well is a fanboy, it looked and was crap. Now that doenst mean you couldnt like it, it just means if you were surprised by its failing you dont have a neutral eye towards things, like the execs who greenlight it. More 300, less sucker punch ever again.
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4:19PM on 04/06/2011
So how do you label someone who thought it looked bad but saw it anyway?
So how do you label someone who thought it looked bad but saw it anyway?
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1:29PM on 04/06/2011
300,000: The Story of Xerxes Army That Is so Large, You Shit Your Pants.
300,000: The Story of Xerxes Army That Is so Large, You Shit Your Pants.
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1:25PM on 04/06/2011

Why not?

This story has been told on History channel with storyboards and interviews. This would be great in Cinema style come to life. So much potential whether Zack is on board or not. And for all its flack 300 was still cool considering it was an interpretation of a graphic novel anyways.
This story has been told on History channel with storyboards and interviews. This would be great in Cinema style come to life. So much potential whether Zack is on board or not. And for all its flack 300 was still cool considering it was an interpretation of a graphic novel anyways.
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1:25PM on 04/06/2011

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I must be crazy, because I liked Sucker Punch. A lot. Not as much as 300, but more than Watchmen (and I predict that this will be the least popular comment that I have ever, or will ever make on Joblo.com).

As for the idea of a prequel... sounds like a terrible idea, but it could work if they put the effort into it. I don't trust Frank Miller though, the last good thing he wrote was 300, and that was in 1998.
I must be crazy, because I liked Sucker Punch. A lot. Not as much as 300, but more than Watchmen (and I predict that this will be the least popular comment that I have ever, or will ever make on Joblo.com).

As for the idea of a prequel... sounds like a terrible idea, but it could work if they put the effort into it. I don't trust Frank Miller though, the last good thing he wrote was 300, and that was in 1998.
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