Noam Murro tapped as 300 prequel director

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 16th, 2011

With the list of possible directors down to two, WB has finally made up their mind as to who will be helming their much talked about prequel/spin-off/whatever you want to call it, 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA.

One half of that pair, Jaume Collet-Serra, has accepted the gig to direct the upcoming AKIRA film, so that leaves Noam Murro to helm the project, and according to THR, that’s exactly who will take it. The outlet reveals that Murro will direct the Frank Miller adaptation that will be based off of the author’s upcoming graphic novel.

The film will follow Xerxes, “the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He's a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC.”

300 director Zack Snyder co-wrote the film with partner Kurt Johnstad, with the intention being to shoot the film in the same visual style as the beloved action film. Personally, while I’m not quite sure how good of a fit the man behind SMART PEOPLE is here, it’s definitely an interesting one. I wasn’t a fan of 300, so hopefully Murro will be able to add something to the project.

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