The long-discussed 300 prequel, which was to be titled Xerxes, is not only still alive, but it's got a new title and its potential directors narrowed-down.
While the film's purpose of telling the origin story of 300's (historically-based, albeit loosely) Persian overlord, Xerxes remains, the title of the film will now be called 300: Battle of Artemisia.
Additionally, it seems that the list of potential directors have been narrowed-down to two. Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra.
What can we expect from this bizarre prequel that, for a time, appeared to be dead in the water.
The director selection process has been overseen by the original film's director, Zack Snyder and his wife/creative partner, Debra. While Snyder was initially attached to return as director for the project, the unmissable opportunity then arose to direct Superman: Man of Steel, essentially leaving this film in a developmental hiatus. However, remaining involved with the project, the Snyders have been working behind-the-scenes to find the perfect director to complement the unique and purposefully over-the-top style of the original film.
Noam Murro, a relative newcomer, found himself inside the spotlight when he was named the director of the upcoming fifth Die Hard film. His film resume is thin and his major projects like 2008's Smart People certainly do not match the action criteria. However, it is in his commercial work, specifically those compelling live-action commercials for the Halo games that have landed him on this list.
Jaume Collet-Serra, on the other hand, has helmed a handful of films that you've likely seen, like this year's Liam Neeson action-thriller, Unknown, as well as horror films like Orphan and House of Wax.
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, Battle of Artemisia will tell the story of Xerxes' rise to power after the death of his father, Darius at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, in which the Persians first invaded Greece. Having been told by his father that the Greeks could not be attacked, since only a God could punish them, young Xerxes finds his own theological loophole by transforming himself into a Living God to exact revenge for his death. Thus, the uber-pierced, diaper-sporting, bling-decked megalomaniac we saw in 300 (played by Rodrigo Santoro) will finally be explained.
Have any thought on this prequel? Does it sound cool? Or unnecessary?