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Although the clout of director Zack Snyder took a hit with Sucker Punch, he still retains a certain status in the industry for his highly stylized and well-received film 300. A little while ago, it was announced that Frank Miller was writing a sequel entitled Xerxes and that Zack Snyder would be writing the big-screen treatment.
Mark Canton, a producer of the film, stated that the name had been changed recently in a conversation with MTV. Here’s the direct quote:
“It’s not called Xerxes anymore. We don’t know [what it's called] yet.”
/Film reports that the Battle of Marathon serves as the film’s big opener and relays what Frank Miller said about the story:
“The story will be the same heft as ‘300? but it cover a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days… This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in ‘300? were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it’s a sweeping tale with gods and warriors. The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of 300.”
300 isn’t a perfect film, but it’s definitely one of the most notable films of its time simply due to Snyder’s astute attention to detail. The name change doesn’t faze me much to be honest; I’m just glad that we’re (likely) in store for more visually engaging action sequences.
Snyder's involvement in the film as a director will depend on his availability. Canton said that the studio wants to get moving on the project, but Snyder is currently hard at work prepping the next Superman. Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie has also been rumored to direct.