Noam Murro

300: Rise Of An Empire (2013)EVA GREEN as Artemesia

The new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire begins with a line about “the ecstasy of steel, flesh, sweat and muscle, rage… war.” One might think the filmmakers are trying to sexualize war, but it’s Eva Green saying the line, and she could sexualize the instructions for making chicken soup, so there you go. This is the new trailer for the 300 sequel, and it begs the question: When did Zack Snyder become a brand? But if you’re in the mood for more slow-mo action, and CGI sets, and pontificating about dying with honor in battle, good news! Watch the trailer below. (more…)


The International trailer for Naom Murro‘s 300: Rise of an Empire, based on Frank Miller‘s graphic novel Xerxes, is making the Internet rounds. The sequel to the popular 300 retains that unique visual style and looks as well as the blood-splattering-slow-motion action of the franchise.

This trailer is only 60 seconds long, just enough of a taste to wet one’s appetite. The story picks up just after the story ends in 300. Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) is still intent on conquering Greece, the battle takes to the sea as the Greek general Themistokles (Sulliven Stapleton) unites all Greece to stop him.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below, will you be in a theater seat opening weekend?

300: Rise of an Empire hits theater screens March 7th, 2014.

Via: Comingsoon


Zack Snyder had a busy day yesterday, the release of the new Man of Steel trailer and then tweeting this new poster for 300: Rise of an Empire. Snyder is producing this epic tale and Noam Murro has taken the director’s chair. Word is that the movie will feature a huge sea battle between the Greek states and the invading Persians.You can make out some ships in the background.


Click on the poster below for a larger version and closer look.


Here’s some of the previously released production stills from the project for you to enjoy.



300: Rise of an Empire, stars  Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, and Lena Headey. The movie opens world wide on August 2nd.

Via: Collider


Warner Bros has cast Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) to star in 300: The Battle of Artemisia, which will be directed by Noam Murro for Warner Bros. Stapleton will play Themistokles, the Greek naval warlord, with whom the other key character, Xerxes, has a great rivalry.

There was some Internet talk that Stapleton might play Xerxes, but word is that the actor who originated that role in 300, Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to return to the role in this film. Stapleton was one of the terrific ensemble of Animal Kingdom, and he just completed a supporting role for the studio in Gangster Squad, the Ruben Fleischer-directed period crime film that stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Stapleton, who stars on the Cinemax series Strike Back, is repped by WME. ICM reps Santoro.

This looks like a smart casting move and a great opportunity for Stapleton. This NerdBastard hopes to see some great 300 style sea battles between Themistokles and Xerxes great war host.

First off, am I the only one who thinks of the Van Halen logo every time I see the golden wing things in the above Xerxes picture?

The status on a the prequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 has been development for some time. The gist being that Snyder got wrapped up in other projects (like the miserable, but visually satisfying ‘Sucker Punch’). With his latest involvement with Man of Steel he just can’t do it. Warner Bros. wants a prequel and sooner than later.

As to who might direct in Snyder’s place has been a question mark for sometime as well. Ultimately, it came down to two choices. Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra.

Well, the job just went to Noam Murro as Collet-Serra recently landing the Akira gig (FYI: I’m so pissed this bastardization of a Japanese Anime and Manga is back on).

Murro may not be a recogniable name, but chances are you’ve seen his work. He’s known for those Spiffy Halo commercials (Reach and  ODST. Latter is incredible!). Suffice to say, he’s an untapped writer with huge potential. Potential I think that will be squashed by taking this project. Word is, Warner Bros. wants this shot in the same visually exaggerated style that Snyder applied the first time around. To me, this is a signal that Warner Bros. cares not to embrace any vision Murro has. He’s just a hired hand to replicate Snyder’s work. Which leads me to assume that they simply want to cash in on the brand awareness rather than make an equally unique and quality film. The other indicator of a quick cash grab is the the title change. Xerxes is now 300: Battle of Artemisia. Notice how they just have to insert “300” in the title, even though the battle of the 300 have nothing to do with Xerxes early history? Point is, that in addtion to WB pushing a prequel that nobody really wants, they don’t seem putting any care into making critically acclaimed flick.  Not that the original was a masterpiece by any means. It’s success was because it was original. It will take more than shirtless men and flashy visuals this time around.

Zack Snyder and 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad wrote the script for this one last year before Zack Snyder jumped onto The Man of Steel. The script is based on Frank Miller‘s upcoming graphic novel Xerxes, which features a big opening setpiece in the Battle of Marathon, and follows Xerxes’ quest for goodhood. His rivalry with Greek naval warlord Themistocles (“almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure,” says Miller) will be a core aspect of the story. [THR]

As a preface to today’s news, I’d like it to be known that I am not in favor of a 300 prequel. This is not to say I didn’t like 300, which I did. I thought it was  a fantastic realization of the comic. It’s this very reason why I do not wish to explore the universe anymore. The first flick was more or less a visual exercise; shirtless muscle men, blood, gore and cinematic action sequences galore. However, the narrative of 300 men taking on an army of million+ depicts heroic idealism. There’s connectivity to that. Which is why I think the story from the history books has become legend and subject to all sorts of fantastic interpretations. Suffice to say, it’s inspirational.

This in-the-works prequel aims to explore Xerxes rise to power, supposedly beginning about ten years before 300. To be frank, I just think that pails in comparison to the story of the 300. No matter how you spin it, the story of Xerxes, a bad guy mind you, just doesn’t speak to anything worth exploring. In other word, it’s seems rather pointless.

Well that’s my two cents anyway. For those of you who are vested in the prequel, we have some news.

If you haven’t heard by now, director Zack Snyder’s will not be helming the prequel. His involvement with ‘Man of Steel’ is preventing him from returning.  Now, Deadline reports that the list of potential replacement directors is down to two: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra and that the film has officially been retitled from ‘Xerxes’ to  300: Battle of Artemisia.

Murro’s sole feature directing credit is the 2008 indie comedy/drama Smart People, though he’s also responsible for the live-action marketing campaign for the video game franchise Halo and is attached to direct Die Hard 5. Jaume Collet-Serra meanwhile, directed Orpahn and, mostly recently, Unknown. He’s also said to be helming the upcoming “Dracula” tale, Harker.

As stated earlier, I’m not interested in this  prequel, but I am sorta intrigued at seeing Murro’s name being thrown around. He did some amazing work with those live-action Halo commercials. I’m curious to see what he could with a full-length feature such as this. I think he could be the next Snyder or Neill Blomkamp.

Time will tell. Will keep you posted as the news develops. In the mean time, what say you? Do want to see a 300 prequel? How do you feel about the directors mentioned? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


If there’s one thing that Bungie and Microsoft can do justice to, it’s all the live action Halo commercials they make. Hell, I still remember the funeral one as it for some reason made an impact to me (could be the military brat in me). Anyway, the second Halo: Reach commercial has been released on the internet and like always, it does not disappoint. Like the first Reach (which is posted after the jump) commercial, they are both directed by Noam Murro. So what are you waiting for, check the trailer out and tell us what you think and see if this trailer makes you want to finish the fight… once again. Or would it be start the fight since it’s a prequel?

Source: /Film (more…)