First Look: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

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Director Zack Snyder‘s adaptation of Frank Miller‘s graphic novel 300 turned into a surprise hit in 2006, and ever since then there has been speculation about the sequel, or prequel. Miller quickly went to work on a related graphic novel, and several years ago Snyder and his co-writer Kurt Johnstad got to work on a script.

It took some time, but director Noam Murro was eventually set to direct what became called 300: Rise of an Empire, with Sullivan Stapleton set to star as Greek general Themistokles in a story that parallels the original 300.

That image above is the first look at a battle from the new film, and below we’ve got a shot of Stapleton in character. (Hint: he looks like he belongs in 300.) Read More »

Stay Classy…Atlanta? That’s where Anchorman: The Legend Continues is now shooting. Below, you can hear Steve Carell talking about it and even see some set photos of Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate. But that’s not all. After the jump, also read about the follow sequel bits:

  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore spitballs a few ideas for a sequel.
  • Vin Diesel posted a new photo from the upcoming Riddick.
  • The logo for 300: Rise of an Empire has been revealed.
  • Sony sets a release date for Resident Evil 6.
  • Comedian Ben Schwartz jokes about doing ADR on Star Trek Into Darkness
  • …while composer Michael Giacchino tweets a photo of recording the score to J.J. Abrams’ film.

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Lots and lots of filmmakers and actors talking about their upcoming films in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read quotes about the followin:

  • J.J. Abrams gives a brief update of the development of Mission: Impossible 5.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t sure of when Terminator 5 might happen…
  • …but seems excited about playing Conan in The Legend of Conan.
  • Playmate Crystal McCahill posted some photos from the set of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
  • Sorry everyone, William Shatner does not appear in Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • A Good Day To Die Hard will get a Dolby Atmos sound mix.
  • Actor Rodrigo Santoro talks the story of 300: Rise of an Empire.
  • Tom Selleck is still planning on doing Three Men and a Bride.
  • John Woo would like to direct a third Expendables film, but has some demands.

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Some of today’s tidbits involve actors claiming they probably won’t do a sequel. Imagine that. After the jump:

  • 300: Rise of an Empire stars gather for a group photo
  • Watch an explosive video from Fast and the Furious 6
  • Liam Neeson does not think Taken 3 will ever happen
  • Mike Tyson and Kendra Wilkinson join Scary Movie 5
  • Benedict Cumberbatch talks about mo-cap in Hobbit
  • Ethan Hawke says Before Midnight may be the end of his unexpectedly long-running series with Richard Linklater.

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Briefly: The prequel to 300 was once referred to as Xerxes, because that’s what Frank Miller‘s graphic novel sequel to 300 was using as a title. Eventually the film started going by the informal title 300: The Battle of Artemisia (also Battle of Artemisium), which was in play for the past year or so. Not the best title, but at least “battle” suggests something energetic and interesting, and it wasn’t the sort of title we see all the time.

Now WB has given the film a different, official title. 300: Rise of an Empire is now the moniker for the film that Noam Murro is directing based on a script by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Gerard Butler, star of 300, won’t be back, but Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, and Jamie Blackley are in the film, which is set for release on August 2, 2013.