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 »

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We here at /Film aim to please. So, instead of making you click on four different articles for your sequel themed updates, all you have to do is read this one. After the jump we’ve got news on the following:

  • Producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari update us on the latest regarding the sequel to 300, 300 Battle of Artemisia
  • Shane Black had a lot to say about the actors, villains, themes and more in regards to Iron Man 3
  • James Mangold got in-depth about why he took The Wolverine and his plans for it
  • Two new Cabin Fever films, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak, will be shot back to back next year

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Cowboys & Aliens may turn out to be just the first step in Harrison Ford‘s foray into westerns with a new spin. He’s now attached to play an aging Wyatt Earp in a film called Black Hats, which is based on the book of the same name penned by Max Allan Collins under the pen nam Patrick Culhane. The story involves not only Earp, but the son of Doc Holliday and a young Al Capone. Read More »

Warner Bros. is racing to get Superman back on screen, and one report says that a new talent has been recruited to assist. Kurt Johnstad, who worked with Zack Snyder on 300 and the script for that film’s in-development sequel, as well as on The Last Photograph, has reportedly been hired to do a rewrite on Man of Steel. Read More »

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The Navy SEALs got a massive PR boost when the killing of Osama Bin Laden was announced. Not that the special forces team really needed a boost, given that the SEALs are one of the most highly-regarded military teams in the world. But the boost came regardless, and one of the aftereffects is that quite a few companies want to make movies or TV about the team and the operations it undertakes.

While Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal seemed to have the jump on everyone with their film that has been referred to as Kill Bin Laden (not the final title), it turns out that another SEALs film has already been shot, and Relativity just bought it for an early 2012 release. (Think: President’s Day.)  The film is called Act of Valor (once called I Am That Man) and it stars actual Navy SEALs. Some images from set and more info are after the break. Read More »

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Ah, it’s the notorious ‘an offer is out to…’ story, which has of late become more of a staple. These are both potentially interesting projects, but keep in mind that at this point we’re just documenting offers that have been given to actors to appear in these projects — the films aren’t greenlit, and there’s a 50/50 chance, at least, that these actors won’t take these roles. That said, chew on the ideas of  Christian Bale in a film based on a Zack Snyder story, Bradley Cooper in another R-rated comedy and Jim Carrey in a film about a magician. Read More »

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