The proposed spinoff to “300” has dropped the moniker of “Xerxes” and has been given a new name – “300: Battle of Artemisia” reports Deadline.
Originally Zack Snyder was going to direct, however his commitments to “Man of Steel” have prevented it though the script he co-wrote with Kurt Johnstad based on the Frank Miller graphic novel is still expected to be used.
Now, the producers, Snyder and Legendary Pictures have also almost settled on a director with the contest now between Noam Murro (“Smart People,” “HALO” commercials) and Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown,” “House of Wax”). Like “300”, it’s expected to be shot with stylized period green-screen action visuals.
Miller’s “Xerxes” comic is something of a prequel to “300” which follows the death of Persian ruler Darius after the Battle of Marathon and how his son Xerxes tried to transform himself into a deity in order to get revenge on the Greeks as his father warned him they can only be punished by a god.
The Battle of Artemisium was a series of naval engagements between the Greeks and Persians that took place over three days simultaneously with the Battle of Thermopylae depicted in the first film.