The upcoming follow-up film to the bloody, pseudo-historical action classic, 300 now has a new title.
Having been under the working title of 300: Battle of Artemisia, it is being reported that a new, splashier, albeit more conventional title has been selected: 300: Rise of an Empire.
While it's certainly no creative bombshell, the title should resonate better with potential audiences than the limiting and excitement-detached name of "Battle of Artemisia."
The selection of Noam Murro, a director untested in action for the helm of this prequel/sequel was a bit odd. However, he won't be without a safety net, as he is working off a screenplay from the original film's director, Zack Snyder (who has stayed on as a producer,) which was based off original comic creator, Frank Miller's work.
Plus, the ties to the original film should be strong, especially since Rodrigo Santoro's over-blinged megalomaniac, Xerxes will return to take a central role in what should be every bit the over-the-top guilty pleasure that the first film was.
300: Rise of an Empire kicks Persian emissaries down a pit on August 2, 2013.