Frank Miller, author of the original and masterful graphic novel about the heroic stand of 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, was working on a follow-up graphic novel called Xerxes, set before the events of 300 and we’ve brought you an assortment of rumours so far about what might become of a film adaptation.
The title for the film is now said to be “300: Battle of Artemisia” and it will focus, like Miller’s source novel, on the rise of Xerxes following the death of his father Darius. Zack Snyder remains on board in a producer function and has co-written the script , despite now being wholly preoccupied with Man of Steel for WB and Christopher Nolan.
Director-wise, we now seem to be down to two possibilities. Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. Who they? Well, Murro only has one feature credit on his CV, namely Smart People, though IMDb has him down to direct Die Hard 5. Collet-Serra directed House of Wax, Orphan and Unknown, so has a little more pedigree, but these are hardly big names for what one might hope would be a big project.
So, still more rumours, still very little concrete. No doubt, as with lots of films in development, decisions will suddenly be made, announcements will be announced and all will crack on apace. We’ll keep our ear to the ground, just for you.