Last year, Steve was able to confirm that there were plans to make a prequel to 300 when he interviewed the film’s producers. Since then the only thing we’ve really known about the project is that Frank Miller was working on it and that if everyone liked what they saw when it was done, then they would move ahead with a film adaptation.
Now, a year and a half later ,we finally have an update on the project from Frank Miller thanks to an interview he did with L.A. Times’ Hero Complex Blog. Miller, who has already finished the plot and is now getting started on the artwork says that the project is now titled Xerxes and will be set 10 years before the events of 300. According to the report, the story will center around the Battle of Marathon, although it is unknown if there’s an opportunity to squeeze in the line, “This! Is! [Insert Name of Ancient City!] He also mentions that Zack Snyder has already expressed interest in it as a film property. However, there’s no word if Rodrigo Santoro would come back to play the title character. Now I think that it’s just a matter of waiting for Miller to be done before we see a film made out of Xerxes because it seems unlikely that anyone would pass up the opportunity to make a follow-up to 300. There’s just too much money and too many rock hard abs at stake. Also, it’s a perfect time to put back on the swords and sandals with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and the remake of Clash of the Titans due out next year.