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

The 300 sequel/prequel/spin-off is so far six years in the making.  This time around the story will be following Xerxes.  That’s the big guy in the golden underwear in the first film, for those that might have missed him.  But despite many years and a production schedule that seems to be on track (at least for now), they still can’t seem to settle on a title for the film.

Finally, the officials have cast their vote and it looks like the title will be 300: Rise of an Empire.  The film has gone through many incarnations thus far, from Xerxes to 300: Battle of Artemisia to 300: The Battle of Artemisium.

Marketing-wise, it’s a good idea to keep that ‘300’ sitting at the front, lest people forget where the movie started.  This way, casual fans of the original can say “Oh yeah, that’s the 300 movie with the guys in the leather underpants fighting in slow motion!” and will thus be enticed to buy a ticket for the sequel…er, prequel… whatever.

The new film is supposed to take place at roughly the same time, historically, as the first, detailing another battle in the Persian invasion of Greece.  Unfortunately, there will be no Zack Snyder directing this time around.  He’s a busy boy, so the studio picked up Noam Murro to take over.  In addition, Rodrigo Santoro will be back in the gold panties to reprise Xerxes, with Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton being added to the cast.

The current release date for 300: Rise of an Empire is set for August 2nd, 2013, so expect another avalanche of blood, swords and boobies next summer.


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300 Prequel Gets a Release Date

The much anticipated release date for the 300 not-quite-sequel has finally been announced as August 2nd of 2013. While this release date may seem a bit early for a film that just recently finished its casting, the producers must be pretty confident that they can get it up and running by then. Considering the success of the original 300, it seems best if they weren’t in such a rush, but whatever.

The new film follows events that are taking place at the same time as the fighting in 300, though on a different front. Zack Snyder will not be directing, instead chosing to hand the reins off to the relatively inexperienced Noam Murro. Xerxes will be back for more at least, and it looks like Rodrigo Santoro will be reprising the role that made his scantily-clad body famous.

Originally intended to be an adaptation of Frank Miller’s prequel, Xerxes, the movie has since mutated into whatever it happens to be now, with the life story of Xerxes taking a back-seat to what will be presumably be more music-video styled fight scenes. Let’s hope they can recreate at least a bit of the actiony-goodness that was the first film and make it worth the ticket price.

Thanks to the folks at geektyrant and screenrant.

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.

Guy Ritchie to Direct Xerxes


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.”