’300′ Sequel No Longer Called ‘Xerxes’

300 was a success that went beyond the expectations of everyone involved in the film, and plans for a sequel were very quickly put into motion. Before anything could happen Frank Miller had to get the sequel going as a graphic novel, and from that director Zack Snyder started working on a script. Despite the fact that he’s now working intensely to make Superman: The Man of Steel, Mr. Snyder has finished and submitted the script for what was until recently called Xerxes.

The film is slowly moving forward, even with Zack Snyder focusing most of his time on Superman. Producer Mark Canton offers a status report, including the fact that the film is currently without a name. Read More »

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Zack Snyder has been doing press all week for Sucker Punch, and little bits of conversation about Superman: Man of Steel have been appearing all over the place. None of it is anything substantial, but I think ever clue about how the filmmaker might approach the comic book movie is interesting at this point. He also spoke briefly about the announced 300 prequel Xerxes, which he is unsure if he’ll have the time to actually direct himself. Full details after the jump.

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Here’s something that looks like one simple story — a director offered a movie — but in reality it might be something a lot more complex. Zack Snyder broke into the big leagues with 300, based on Frank Miller‘s graphic novel, and has been developing the sequel, Xerxes, for some time. He had planned to script and direct, and as of last summer was writing the script.

Now there’s word that, via Vulture, that Legendary and Warner Bros. have offered Xerxes to Guy Ritchie, who did quite well with Sherlock Holmes and is finishing up the sequel, now called Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Read More »

Ever since we first heard that Frank Miller was working on a 300 sequel, an immediate question arose: Would Zack Snyder be adapting it as a movie? After Snyder confirmed that he was definitely interested in the project, the question then became: When the hell is Frank Miller gonna get this thing done?

It’s taken three years, but Xerxes has officially started its development from graphic novel to film. Despite the book not yet having a release date (it should be available in the next few months), Zack Snyder has already started writing the screenplay for the film adaptation, along with his 300 collaborator Kurt Johnstad. Learn more about the project after the break. Read More »

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After Zack Snyder‘s big screen adaptation of Frank Miller‘s 300 became a huge hit, Miller quickly started working on a follow-up prequel graphic novel titled Xerxes. Three years later, and we finally have our first look at art from the upcoming graphic novel/possible future movie adaptation. Check out the full image after the jump. Read More »

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Hollywood is fully in thrall to 3D and 3D conversion at this point. The numbers for Avatar and Alice were just too good to pass up. So there’s the upcoming Clash of the Titans to join Alice in the vanguard for post-converted 3D movies (no matter how dodgy it may look) and now Warner Bros, the studio determined to make one 3D tentpole after another, is following suit with conversion and re-release plans for 300.

At ShoWest, director Zack Snyder talked about the conversation test that WB has already done on 300, and mentioned some details on Xerxes, the follow-up to 300 that has been under discussion for some time. Read More »

What's Under Your Mask?
What’s Under Your Mask? is a series of prints created by German illustrator Adrian Pavic honoring the masked icons in Western society, ranging from Darth Vader, to Point Break, to Spider-Man. No word on if Pavic will be making his prints available for public purchase, but you can view some of the art in the series, after the jump. I’d love to see Chop Shop produce a t-shirt based on this series.
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Frank Miller Updates His 300 Follow Up: Xerxes

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I think that Zack Snyder‘s 300 was one of the more surprising big hits of recent years, a film that somehow managed a sizeable box office return despite having no stars, an unfashionable genre and setting and that oft-avoided R-rating from the MPAA. Perhaps – shock horror – it suggested that none of those apparent hurdles were hurdles at all. One Hollywood truism was consolidated by this success story, however – despite an ending that resolved the storyline quite conclusively, to say the least, immediate sequel talk welled up. Seeing as the film was based on a stand alone comic by Frank Miller there was no ready material for a part 2, but it didn’t take long for Miller himself to start work on a follow up strip.

Peter reported that Frank Miller was working on an unnamed sequel, jokingly referred to as 301, as far back as March 2007. Since then, Miller has been busy with his Batman vs. Osama Bin Laden comics, All Star Batman and Robin, that dreadful Spirit film, a script for Sin City 2 and, though he’s now off the project, a proposed Buck Rodgers movie. A lot of plates to spin, so it’s no wonder that we’ve had to wait so long for an update on the next 300.

So, what do we know now? That it’s called Xerxes, for one thing. And also which mythical-historical battle it will be dramatising.

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