300 sequel on the way, no longer called XERXES

Kristal Bailey

by: Kristal Bailey
April 6th, 2011

Even with the lackluster box office for Zack Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH, it looks like a 300 sequel is in the works. The 2007 surprise hit is credited with making March a tentpole month after it opened to an impressive $70 million and went on to gross over $450 million worldwide. At the San Francisco WonderCon last weekend, producer Mark Canton (IMMORTALS) gave the crowd some updates on the sequel.

The film was originally titled XERXES, but now they’ve scrapped that and have yet to come up with a new one. With Snyder working on the new SUPERMAN movie, they’ll be looking for a new director to take over. Canton told MTV that “soon we’ll know what we’re doing, but I don’t see us waiting two years to make the movie and Zack is very much at the helm of it at the same time.” It seems that, while he won’t direct the project, he’ll still be involved to make sure it’s a fitting sequel.

It's been four long years since 300’s release, but a script is finally in hand. Canton told The Playlist that they’ve avoided cranking outa followup because they wanted to take the time to do it right. “We’ve been very, very, very careful to say the least. We could have made the sequel four years ago, but that’s a movie that the pop culture around the world embraced and so we always wanted to do it well and now we’re on the track to do something great.”

According to The Playlist:

[the 300 sequel] will start at the battle of Marathon a decade before Thermopylae, and “will be the same heft as ‘300’ but it covers a much, much greater span of time—it’s 10 years, not three days. This is a more complex story … so much larger.” It features gods and warriors galore (Xerxes is pursuing godhood), and Miller hinted at a potentially massive set piece involving either or both of the Athenian and Persian naval fleets.

300 is the film that launched Zack Snyder and his slow-motion heavy style in to the fanboy movie scene. Without 300, there’d be no WATCHMEN or SUCKER PUNCH. It’ll be interesting to see how the sequel is handled by whoever takes his place, if they’ll stick to that style or try to reinvent the world to fit their personal vision.

Source The Playlist

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  • http://twitter.com/movingreviews Josh Frink

    It’s refreshing to hear someone say they waited to do a sequel because they wanted to do it right. While recent sequels have been entertaining, it seems they are too interested in the money to even try and make it great

    • http://twitter.com/kristal_bailey Kristal Bailey

      Agreed! It’s become so important to get the sequel out ASAP while the buzz is hot, that they forget that quality should always come first. Hopefully all their waiting pays off in terms of quality and box office, so other projects take note.

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