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UPDATED: 300 prequel Xerxes gets a new title and a director

07.15.2011

UPDATE: Heat Vision says that director Noam Murro has landed the 300 prequel job (his initial competitor Jaume Collet-Serra will instead be making the live-action AKIRA).

June 27, 2011: We knew that the 300 prequel XERXES (based on comic creator Frank Miller's follow-up graphic novel) would be getting a different name. Unsurprisingly (and sensibly), the movie will capitalize on the successful first movie with this new title...

300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA.

The sure-to-be-bloody Warner Bros. project, which reportedly once sought SHERLOCK HOLMES director Guy Ritchie to handle the speed-shifting mayhem, is also now deciding between two directors for the epic tale of warriors and gods. The studio will apparently pick between Noam Murro (known for HALO commercials, but also linked to DIE HARD 5) and Jaume Collet-Serra (HOUSE OF WAX, UNKNOWN).

As expected, the carnage will be presented with all the same green-screen appendage-chopping hyper-style as Zack Snyder's original take. Snyder co-wrote the script and will produce, but is going to be pretty occupied for quite some time with directing MAN OF STEEL.

Miller previously described the 300 prequel story like so: "The time frame begins 10 years before '300' and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. 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."

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Extra Tidbit: I wonder if the number of "This is Sparta!" memes ever made it to 300...
Source: Deadline

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1:33AM on 06/28/2011
Couldnt they find anyone more qualified?
Couldnt they find anyone more qualified?
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1:35AM on 06/28/2011

Whoo-Hoo

I really hope that there are a lot of old skool naval battles. The "Ben Hur" galley battle was a classic and I hope they can make it happen
I really hope that there are a lot of old skool naval battles. The "Ben Hur" galley battle was a classic and I hope they can make it happen
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6:46AM on 06/28/2011
is Leonidas not in the prequel?
is Leonidas not in the prequel?
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8:03AM on 06/28/2011

WB- Keepin' it on the cheap

Directoral credentials include Halo commercials and House of Wax....really???? I guess after Sucker Punch, Legends of the Asshole Owls and Green Lantern-- I guess we're tightening our belt.
Directoral credentials include Halo commercials and House of Wax....really???? I guess after Sucker Punch, Legends of the Asshole Owls and Green Lantern-- I guess we're tightening our belt.
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9:09PM on 07/16/2011
What with WB dumping their money into The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel it makes perfect sense that they hold back on a few uncertain projects.
What with WB dumping their money into The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel it makes perfect sense that they hold back on a few uncertain projects.
8:13AM on 06/28/2011
Didn't they say what very little was needed to be said in the first one? Whats the point other than a cash grab? Just more slow motion and blood with no story...
Didn't they say what very little was needed to be said in the first one? Whats the point other than a cash grab? Just more slow motion and blood with no story...
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8:18AM on 06/28/2011
If they can avoid using the horrible digital grain effect from the first one it'll be a massive improvement. Films shouldn't fizz. (I'm not opposed to digital grain effects, just that 300's was really poorly implemented).
If they can avoid using the horrible digital grain effect from the first one it'll be a massive improvement. Films shouldn't fizz. (I'm not opposed to digital grain effects, just that 300's was really poorly implemented).
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12:02PM on 07/16/2011
300 didn't do much for me.
300 didn't do much for me.
2:12AM on 06/29/2011
this actually sounds pretty interesting.
this actually sounds pretty interesting.
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11:56PM on 07/15/2011

Hope..

it's like the other one. that movie owned. ANd it was just like the GN. :)
it's like the other one. that movie owned. ANd it was just like the GN. :)
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10:05AM on 07/16/2011

Really?!

I really enjoyed the first 300 and this sounds interesting...but anyone else get the feeling with the new director and possible lighter F/X budget this is going to be one of the best straight to video releases of 2013?
I really enjoyed the first 300 and this sounds interesting...but anyone else get the feeling with the new director and possible lighter F/X budget this is going to be one of the best straight to video releases of 2013?
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7:20PM on 07/16/2011
Really dig the first, but this has shitty sequel written all over it. Hopefully it turns out well, but I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.
Really dig the first, but this has shitty sequel written all over it. Hopefully it turns out well, but I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.
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3:12AM on 07/17/2011
Isn't Noam Murro attached to direct the next Die Hard installment as well?
Isn't Noam Murro attached to direct the next Die Hard installment as well?
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10:36PM on 07/17/2011

About Time!

THIS IS ARTEMISIA!!!
THIS IS ARTEMISIA!!!
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7:41PM on 07/18/2011
Loved 300 but I just can't get behind this one. Not every successful movie needs a sequel/prequel!
Loved 300 but I just can't get behind this one. Not every successful movie needs a sequel/prequel!
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