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300 prequel XERXES gets a new title; Jaume Collet-Serra and Noam Murro contenders to direct

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 28th, 2011

It feels as though the talk surrounding the sequel/prequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, XERXES, has been going on forever.  With various bits and pieces of news rolling in over the past year or so, it appears as though the first real piece of momentum has finally rolled out.

Deadline is reporting that not only is the film now titled 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA, but that either director Jaume Collet-Serra or Noam Murro will be the one to bring it to the big screen.

Now, Collet-Serra appears to be the likeliest name here, as he’s been rumored for a cavalcade of projects following the one-two punch that was his crazy (but really entertaining) thriller ORPHAN, and this year’s UNKNOWN. With films like HARKER and even a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s LE CERCLE ROUGE all calling his name, he’s definitely one of the more sought after names in Hollywood. Murro is no slouch either, though. He’ll next helm DIE HARD 5, so he’s also quite a hot commodity.

Personally, while I wasn’t a huge fan of 300, I do think that there is a lot of intriguing stuff to mine within this world, and given the right name, particularly Collet-Serra, I could see this being at least a bit interesting. He’s a really fun filmmaker with a great sense of action, so while he’s not as visionary a filmmaker as say Snyder, he should do quite well within a world like this.

What do you think?

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