Warner Bros, has offered Xerxes – the sequel to Zach Snyder‘s Epic 300 – to none other than Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie. Yep Madonna’s boyfriend is really racking up the directing gigs. Gotta hand it to the guy…Guy. He must have a vivid imagination. He would need one, I still get pretty creeped out by Madonna. It happened back when Dick Tracy came out. She’s kinda like a “Sarah Jessica Parker” that eats. Throw in her appearance in the James Bond movie Die Another Day and anyone can see why I lost some sleep.
I’m interested to know what he will really be doing with the source material. Miller pretty much maps it out with the graphic novel. I’m certain Miller will be looking over Ritchies’s shoulder the whole time. Like 300 before it, Xerxes is based on one of Frank Miller‘s graphic novels and had been developed by Snyder, who’d planned to direct his own script. Does Ritchie have the Snyder backing to stray from the source? I hope not, I loved 300 and really just want more of the same.
Frank Miller provided the LA Times some story basics:
“The time frame begins 10 years before 300,” said Miller, “and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than 300 in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he’s well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.”
Describing Themistocles as “the complete opposite of Leonidas,” Miller does promise that the 300 character will make a cameo. While that doesn’t guarantee Gerard Butler cameoing in the eventual film version, it does make it likely, as does an appearance by Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes, the deformed Spartan traitor who Miller promises also places a role in the new story.
“There’s an extended scene set in Persepolis,” adds Miller, “for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he’s shown speaking to his mother and his wife… 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.”