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.