Zack Snyder Closed Deal to Script 300 Sequel XERXES

     July 21, 2010


When we checked in with 300 director Zack Snyder in June,  he indicated that he would commit to a sequel if Frank Miller could put together “something cool” with the graphic novel Xerxes.  He must have liked what he saw, because Snyder confirmed that he and collaborator Kurt Johnstad were plotting the cinematic version:

“We closed the writing deal on Xerxes.  We started writing about a week ago.  So we’re doing it.  It’s happening.”

Hit the jump for more comments from Snyder on the project.

With regard to whether or not he will assume directing duties for Xerxes, Snyder informed 24 Frames:

“It’s really going to depend on what the studio wants to do and what we do when we finish; I don’t have a directing deal in place but we are writing it, so call it intent.  If there was a crime they could probably convict me.”

300 was a surprise success in 2007, grossing $456 million worldwide.  I imagine it is in Warner Bros’ interest to part with a respectable sum to keep Snyder in place as director if schedule permits.

To be precise, Miller’s source material would not function exclusively as a prequel or a sequel.  The events of Xerxes kick off years before 480 B.C. (the setting of 300), and continue to unfold afterward.  Snyder went into detail about the narrative:

“This movie follows Themistocles and the Battle of Artemisium, which coincidentally happens on the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae [which was the basis of 300].  This one starts off with a quick retelling of the why of the Persian wars.  It starts off at the Battle of Marathon and then it goes back to Themistocles  finding out that Persians are invading again. and off we go over to learn a little bit about why Xerxes is the way he is.”

Outside the 300 universe, you can look forward to Snyder’s animated film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in theaters September 24, 2010.  You can also check out the Warner Bros presentationwith time reserved for Sucker Punch — at Comic-Con this Saturday in advance of the movie’s March 25, 2011 premiere.

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  • VALENTINEproductions

    xerxes was the most bizarre character and unappealing in the whole 300 cast. Why would anyone want to see a whole movie based on him?!

  • Travman93

    I agree. I thought he was the least interesting character in the entire film. I still might go see it when all it said and done, though.

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  • Guest

    The thing is, the real Xerxes was actually a fascinating and pretty badass individual. For example, he single-handedly killed a lion in an arena when he was sixteen as part of a “test your prowess” sort of ritual to see if he was fit to inherit the throne, similar to the fictional wolf-slaying done by Leonidas.

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  • Captainscurvy

    Wow…in regards to ye who think Xerxes was an “unappealing character” from a movie, try opening a book every now and then. Xerxes can also be referred to as “Xerxes the Great”, you know, the Zoroastrian “king of kings” who led an empire which existed in Asia, Africa and Europe? That's right kids, he was a real person!

    Sorry if I seem harsh, but life hasn't always been happening on tv's/movie screens/computers…leave your grammy's basement and check out what is going on outside every now and then.


    Xerxes…. Why?

  • Gunswordsman

    Why would people be talking about a book here with this is clearly about….. A MOVIE!!!?

    And whos basement are you on your computer in?

  • Captainscurvy

    You miss the point of my post completely. I was making the point that Xerxes was a very notable historical figure (i.e. “real life dude”) who ruled over 2500 years ago AND NOT A “CHARACTER IN A MOVIE” and that if you and others didn't only rely on movies for your “knowledge” of the world you'd have a better chance of realizing that. My referencing a book was only done to note that they “hide” such info in them as well (hell, even the internet can be a useful tool for that!).

    …and I'm in YOUR basement there Sparky! Can you tell your mom I'm ready for my 9 o'clock sponge bath? Let her know she can take her time cuz I know she is pretty sore after last night.

  • Gunswordsman

    Dude, you're an idiot. Why are you making a “point” about something that was never challenged? Who's questioning weather or not Xerxes was real? And it's presumptuous to say everyone here relies on movies for their, um, “knowledge of the world”? LOL You're trying to be smart but you're clearly, and ironically, stupid. This forum is a movie forum, not a book forum. There isn't a single post here that would suggest people don't read and stay on the internet all day. Hey, stupid, YOU'RE ON HERE TOO! When I initially made this point, like a child you struggled to piece together a lame Mother joke instead of acknowledging your failure. Takes honor and integrity to say touche. You have none.

    And what if no one knew about Xerxes in books? So what? The movies are extremely exaggerated to the point of any actual reference to Xerxes and the movie being two totally different things. So, you're not a very get teacher and now you should just shut up. Don't go to a Superman forum and tell everyone they think flying is real. It's a movie forum, dummy.

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