Warner Bros. has settled on Noam Murro (Smart People) to direct their 300 prequel 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly titled Xerxes). Last month we reported that the studio was deciding between Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) to take the helm of the project, and now Heat Vision reports that the studio settled on Murro, deciding to set Collet-Serra to helm Akira. The now-titled 300: Battle of Artemisia (because apparently people need to know that this is going to be like 300) is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes which tells the story of the king’s rise to greatness, with the Battle of Artemisium being a major focal point.
Zach Snyder, who directed 300, wrote the script alongside Kurt Johnstad, though he was too busy with Man of Steel to return for the high priority follow-up. No word on whether Rodrigo Santoro is returning as Xerxes, but I’ll be interested to see who they cast as Themistocles, the leader and master of strategy for the Greeks during the Battle of Artemisium. Murro is also attached to direct Die Hard 5 for Fox.