You would think a movie where the eponymous characters all die at the end (spoiler!) would be a franchise non-starter, but 300 has already proved us wrong. While 300: Rise of an Empire didn’t catch fire the same way as the original did, it showed that there was a way forward in making 300 movies and more stories to be told with the series’ unique visual style.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Snyder was interested in making a movie about George Washington in the style of 300, and it turns out the Revolutionary War isn’t the only battle he’s been thinking about. Steve spoke with Snyder at the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice junket today, and here’s what the director had to say:
Do you think there will be another 300?
ZACK SNYDER: There may be. There may be. We’ve been talking a lot about sort of different incarnations of 300. We’ve been talking about is there a way, possibly, we move out of Ancient Greece and use it as a framing device for other conflicts that happened throughout history.
I think I mentioned that we talked about the Revolutionary War version, and we talked about the Alamo, and we’ve talked about there’s a battle in China, a “Lost Legion” kind of concept, any of those kinds of things are on the table.
You’ll notice that the stories have a similarity: a small, outmatched force goes up against a bigger one. Sometimes they win, as in the case of the Revolutionary War, and then other times it’s a tragic defeat like the Alamo. Will these narratives benefit if they’re done with speed-ramping, pro-war platitudes, and loads of CGI blood? I’m not sure.
What’s important is that the work gets done on a character and story level, and then if Snyder wants to 300 up the trappings, we’ll see. But if they’re dead set on keeping the 300 brand alive, this is probably the best way to do it, even though Ancient Greece had more than two good battles.