Story for 300 Prequel ‘Xerxes’ is Done
After the success of Zack Snyder’s epic rated-R action flick, 300, the question became “When can they do a follow-up and how can they make a story to build off of the success of the first?”
As we know, our Spartan heroes all meet their doom at the end with the exception of the narrator Dilios played by David Wenham. This would mean that in order to bring back Gerard Butler’s King of bad-ass and internet parodies, Leonidas, it would either have to be a prequel or include flashbacks to earlier battles with him involved. The first movie was about Dilios telling the story of Leonidas and his 300 men, so perhaps the next installment could do the same.
Since Butler is the poster-boy of the 300, he’d have to come back and fortunately for us fans, Butler is interested in the 300 prequel as is writer/artist Frank Miller, producer Marc Canton and director Zack Snyder. The good news it that Miller has now completed the story for the prequel and has given it a name…
According to LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, Frank Miller revealed that he’s finished the plot for the film and has started the artwork. The title of the project is now Xerxes, the name of the super-tall “god-king” played by Rodrigo Santoro in 300.
“It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens. I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”
Just over a year ago at a Warner Bros. presentation for Watchmen, Zack Snyder revealed that the next movie would take place “between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea.” I’m curious how they’ll work Xerxes into another story of the Spartans we know and love from the first flick.
What’s great to hear is that – like the first movie – it is being made as a complete graphic novel first. When Miller was still working on the story a while back, Snyder said he’d have no hand in the graphic novel and only when it was finished would they look at it to make a screenplay. Snyder has said all along that he’d only make another if there was another graphic novel first and I respect what he’s doing.
I hope that Miller’s new book is good enough for Snyder and the studio to make another great movie out of and that they can bring back the cast members from 300. There was a ton of time spent having the actors go through a rigorous workout, but for the money the film banked, it was worth it.
What do you think of Xerxes and the story being about the Battle of Marathon?