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Zack Snyder is officially working on the script for the 300 prequel Xerxes

07.21.2010

It was last month that comic creator Frank Miller provided details of XERXES, his prequel to the graphic novel 300. The big question was whether that gore and style-soaked movie's director Zack Snyder would return to bring Miller's work to bloody life again. At the time, Snyder was optimistic: "If the book is awesome and compelling, then, yes, we're interested."

Snyder must have liked what he saw, since he tells the LA Times he's back for more: "We closed the writing deal on XERXES. We started writing about a week ago."

At the moment, Snyder's deal is just for the script, but that doesn't mean he won't be getting back behind the camera for more CG sanguine geysers and overcranking, saying XERXES would be "the same universe visually" as 300, but "It's really going to depend on what the studio wants to do and what we do when we finish; I don't have a directing deal in place but we are writing it, so call it intent."

"This movie follows Themistocles and the Battle of Artemisium, which coincidentally happens on the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae [which was the basis of '300']," Snyder said. "This one starts off with a quick retelling of the why of the Persian wars. It starts off at the Battle of Marathon and then it goes back to Themistocles  finding out that Persians are invading again. and off we go over to learn a little bit about why Xerxes is the way he is."

Snyder is clearly passionate about the material -- he gives a load more of specifics about the story RIGHT HERE. He's currently at Comic Con promoting SUCKER PUNCH, and we'll have more on that for you soon!

Extra Tidbit: Snyder on a 300 prequel -- more of a good thing, or too much?
Source: LA Times

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12:15PM on 07/22/2010
I wish Snyder would stretch out to other things.
I wish Snyder would stretch out to other things.
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11:55AM on 07/22/2010

Overhype and HIGH Expectations...

... kind of ruined 300 for me. Its a kick butt movie, but I still came away a little underwhelmed somehow. This news doesn't get me excited at all.
... kind of ruined 300 for me. Its a kick butt movie, but I still came away a little underwhelmed somehow. This news doesn't get me excited at all.
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9:23AM on 07/22/2010

Surprised...

Count me surprised by the number of Schmoes who didn't actually read the article. The story isn't about Xerxes despite the title. It is mostly about Themistocles. And for those not in the know, Artemesium was a NAVAL battle! (the Persians brought over a 1000 ships!) Themistocles at Artemesium was the whole reason Xerxes couldn't just sail around those pesky Spartans. In the hands of Snyder, this sounds amazingly cool to me. That said, since the visual style of 300 has been overused
Count me surprised by the number of Schmoes who didn't actually read the article. The story isn't about Xerxes despite the title. It is mostly about Themistocles. And for those not in the know, Artemesium was a NAVAL battle! (the Persians brought over a 1000 ships!) Themistocles at Artemesium was the whole reason Xerxes couldn't just sail around those pesky Spartans. In the hands of Snyder, this sounds amazingly cool to me. That said, since the visual style of 300 has been overused since the film (Spartacus...heck even some History Channel Dox) Snyder better come up with some new tricks.
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6:06AM on 07/22/2010

c'mon miller...

you are better than that...utter nonsense.
you are better than that...utter nonsense.
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2:55AM on 07/22/2010
I'm not super pumped or anything, but this is definitely one to see in theaters.
I'm not super pumped or anything, but this is definitely one to see in theaters.
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1:51AM on 07/22/2010
Why would I care to watch a movie about that idiot?
Why would I care to watch a movie about that idiot?
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12:47AM on 07/22/2010
Id rather see a prequel with Leonidas again.. I could give a shit about Xerxes.
Id rather see a prequel with Leonidas again.. I could give a shit about Xerxes.
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11:15PM on 07/21/2010
300 was good, but not good enough for me to be interested in a prequel.
300 was good, but not good enough for me to be interested in a prequel.
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11:06PM on 07/21/2010
shoulda been a one-off.
shoulda been a one-off.
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10:48PM on 07/21/2010

well...

300 caught audiences off guard with its visual style, but how eager is everyone going to be to see more of that unless they expand on the method a great deal?
300 caught audiences off guard with its visual style, but how eager is everyone going to be to see more of that unless they expand on the method a great deal?
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10:13PM on 07/21/2010
THIS IS PERSIA!!!
THIS IS PERSIA!!!
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10:02PM on 07/21/2010
My gut instinct says this movie is extraneous, do I really want to see a whole movie about Xerxes?... but 300 was wicked, so I'll have to reserve judgment for the trailer. Doesn't sound too promising though.
My gut instinct says this movie is extraneous, do I really want to see a whole movie about Xerxes?... but 300 was wicked, so I'll have to reserve judgment for the trailer. Doesn't sound too promising though.
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9:58PM on 07/21/2010
This sounds interesting. I'm a sucker for good visuals and Snyder really knows how to deliver on that basis. Didn't enjoy Watchmen but thoroughly enjoyed 300. Watched it a dozen times over on Blu-Ray. Consider me hyped for this Xerxes spin-off.
This sounds interesting. I'm a sucker for good visuals and Snyder really knows how to deliver on that basis. Didn't enjoy Watchmen but thoroughly enjoyed 300. Watched it a dozen times over on Blu-Ray. Consider me hyped for this Xerxes spin-off.
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9:52PM on 07/21/2010
I don't know, I'm not really looking forward to it. Could be good though, who knows.
I don't know, I'm not really looking forward to it. Could be good though, who knows.
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9:41PM on 07/21/2010

Huh.

Is anybody really interested in seeing this? Seems like a cash-in on 300 to me, and Miller is vastly overrated, full stop. He's only gotten worse since he got delusions of being a director.

Bring on the thumbs down if I'm entirely misjudging the demand here, but jeez.
Is anybody really interested in seeing this? Seems like a cash-in on 300 to me, and Miller is vastly overrated, full stop. He's only gotten worse since he got delusions of being a director.

Bring on the thumbs down if I'm entirely misjudging the demand here, but jeez.
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9:38PM on 07/21/2010
i hope they have a scene of when he gets his first nose ring.
i hope they have a scene of when he gets his first nose ring.
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