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UPDATE: Guy Ritchie to direct 300 prequel XERXES?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 15th, 2011

UPDATE: The Playlist has spoken to WB, and apparently, Guy Ritchie will not be directing the hotly anticipated film, XERXES.  That said, the outlet does mention that Zack Snyder is still very much in deep with regards to SUPERMAN, so new directors will indeed likely be looked at.

Talk about coming out of nowhere.

According to Vulture, Guy Ritchie has been offered the director’s chair for the upcoming prequel to 300, XERXES.

But wait a second. Where has director Zack Snyder, the man behind the film adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel 300, gone to? Well, apparently WB has offered the director’s chair to another filmmaker, because it would appear as though this thing is moving forward relatively fast, and Snyder has a little film called THE MAN OF STEEL to deal with.

The film, as previously stated, will be a much broader film, following “10 years, not three days. This is a more complex story…so much larger,” or so says its creator Frank Miller. Basically following Xerxes' strive to become a god, the film will apparently be far more broad in its reach than its predecessor.

Personally, I love this idea. I wasn’t a fan of 300 at all, and to see Guy Ritchie get back to what, for all intents and purposes is an all-out action film franchise, is really intriguing. I love what he’s done on SHERLOCK HOLMES, but I’m definitely intrigued to see what he will be able to do with a film like this.

What do you think?

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