While not as well known in America as some of his counterparts in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Rodrigo Santoro is absolutely the bigger star in places like Brazil. That’s because while Santoro has acted in some Hollywood movies and TV shows like Love Actually, 300, I Love You Phillip Morris (which is severely underrated) and Lost (he played Paulo), in Brazil he’s acted in countless movies and he’s a big time movie star.
At the recent Los Angeles press day for What to Expect When You’re Expecting (he plays Jennifer Lopez‘s husband), I landed an extended interview with Santoro. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about how he got into acting, his favorite movies, how he got cast in What to Expect, the success of Love Actually, and the 300 sequel/spin-off 300: Battle of Artemisia . In addition, Santoro addresses the rumor of him playing famed Brazilian Formula One racer, Ayrton Senna, in a feature film. If the project comes together it sounds like it could be really cool, and he definitely looks the part. Hit the jump to watch.
During the international press tour for his new movie Heleno, actor Rodrigo Santoro sat down with out partner site Omelete, and he talked about possibly returning to play Xerxes in Noam Murro‘s upcoming 300 sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia. While the script was originally based on the prequel comic Xerxes, written by 300 author Frank Miller, the sequel has morphed into a story with an Athenian protagonist taking on the Persian king. Santoro says he’s still in talks to return as Xerxes, and that the sequel will show a bit more of his character’s backstory.
Hit the jump for more. 300: Battle of Artemisia stars Sullivan Stapleton and Jamie Blackley. Santoro will next be seen in What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Joel Edgerton is entering talks with Warner Bros. to star in the 300 sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia. According to Vulture, Edgerton “would play Themosticles, the famed archon and general who led the Greeks to victory against the invading Persians in 480 BCE.” Noam Murro, who previously directed the awful Smart People, is making a big leap from that indie to the tentpole action flick, but Zack Snyder is still on board to co-write the script based on Frank Miller‘s upcoming graphic-novel, Xerxes.
While I’m not exactly sure we need 300: The Same Amount of Greased-Up Ripped Guys Fighting the Brown People, Edgerton is undoubtedly a strong lead. Unfortunately, American audiences probably don’t know that yet since no one saw Warrior and he’s barely in The Thing. However, they’ll get more chances to see him in 2012 since he’s leading Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden, and he’s co-starring in the family flick The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Fans have been itching to see a follow-up to Zack Snyder’s 2006 battle epic 300 for quite some time now. After years of wondering if and when we’d ever see a return to the blood-soaked, slow-motion infused world of 300, things are finally coming together for 300: Battle for Artemisia. Noam Murro (Smart People) is set to direct, and the film is poised to tell the story of Xerxes’ rise to power, punctuated by the epic naval Battle of Artemisium.
Steve recently got the chance to speak with producer Mark Canton for Tarsem Singh’s upcoming Immortals, and Canton gave an update on the 300 follow-up. He commented on the screenplay, the story, and revealed the chances of seeing some of the characters from the original 300 pop up in Battle of Artemisia. Additionally, Canton talked about some of his upcoming projects, including an epic potential franchise-starter project called Emperor that tells the story of young Caesar. Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) is onboard to direct. Hit the jump for all the details.
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.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything regarding Warner Bros.’ 300 spinoff, then titled Xerxes. With 300 director Zack Snyder hard at work on Man of Steel, we learned back in February that Guy Ritchie passed on the pic and since then “mum” has been the word. All of that changes now as we finally have a couple of news bits to report from the project: 1) Warner Bros. has retitled the film 300: Battle of Artemisia and 2) Noam Murro (Smart People) and Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) are considered the top candidates to helm the film. Hit the jump for details.
In a bit of a twist, it appears that Warner Bros. has offered the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 to director Guy Ritchie, instead of having Snyder helm the flick himself. Snyder, of course, is busy prepping his Superman film The Man of Steel right now, so it’s understandable that he’s busy. Still, most assumed that he would be taking on Xerxes after Man of Steel, or at least sometime in the future.
Vulture reports that Warner Bros. wants Snyder’s attention focused squarely on Man of Steel at the moment, as sources tell them that the story is suffering some “major third act problems” and the studio wants to get the film out as soon as possible. In addition, Vulture hears that Snyder’s upcoming Sucker Punch has not exactly been testing great. Snyder wrote the script to Xerxes, and one assumes that he would at least stay on to produce the film. Ritchie hasn’t agreed to direct the film yet, but the offer’s out to him, and WB seems to think he’s their guy, so now the ball’s in his court. Nevertheless, it does appear that Snyder won’t be directing the flick. Hit the jump for more on the project.
[Update -- The Playlist reports that while Ritchie may have considered the project, he will not direct Xerxes. The report confirms Snyder likely is too busy for Xerxes, which leaves the high profile gig open to any number of directors in the coming months.]
Ever since Zack Snyder’s 300 hit theaters three years ago, fans have been chomping at the bit for a sequel/follow-up. Snyder always said that it depended on whether comic book artist/writer Frank Miller wanted to write another graphic novel. Well, it appears that Miller has a good chunk of Xerxes written and drawn, and he recently spoke extensively about the project. Regarding the story, Miller had this to say:
The time frame begins 10 years before ’300′ and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than ’300′ in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he [is] well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.
For much, much more from Miller regarding Xerxes, hit the jump.
While in London last week doing press for Legend of the Guardians, director Zack Snyder talked about his plans for the upcoming 300 spinoff, Xerxes. I say “spinoff” because as we previously reported, Snyder says that Xerxes isn’t a “prequel or a sequel” because it’s about the Battle of Artemisium, which took place during the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae (which was depicted in 300). But whereas Thermopylae was a land battle, Artmisium was fought at sea and Snyder has big plans for how he plans to depict that fight. Hit the jump for how he says he’s going to have Greeks and Persians going at it this time.
Shortly after the Sucker Punch trailer made its debut during the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con, I was able to discuss the film with writer/director Zack and producer (and wife) Debbie Snyder in a small roundtable interview. Although it actually lacked a table and, according to Deborah, was only a rousing chorus of “Kumbaya” away from a campfire, the interview allowed the pair to shed light on the ambitious project, talk about identifying and bending the rules of dream-related films, bestow Scott Glenn the coolest person on planet Earth, and update the status of the recently confimed Xerxes. Hit the jump for bulleted highlights as well as a full transcript of the interview.
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.
At last week’s Saturn Awards, I was able to interview director Zack Snyder and his producing partner (and wife) Debbie Snyder on the red carpet. While interviews on the red carpet are usually short, I was able to speak with them for about 6 minutes and got updates on Sucker Punch, Legend of the Guardians, what are they going to do at Comic-Con, what’s up with the 300 Prequel Xerxes, and a lot more.
Some of the highlights were Snyder confirming they did a friends and family screening of Sucker Punch recently and it went over great, they have big plans for Comic-Con and we’ll get out first look at some Sucker Punch footage and exclusives, the finale of Legend of the Guardians is still being worked on and none of the footage has been in either trailer, he’s seen some of Frank Miller’s Xerxes comic and it’s still and wait and see if he’ll make a movie out of it, Snyder is currently writing a new project (doesn’t reveal what it is), and they talk about the challenges of trying to make two films at the same time. It’s a great update on all their projects so hit the jump to take a look:
Folks who have seen or read 300 know that a sequel probably isn’t in the cards. However, Frank Miller is putting together a prequel to his 1998 comic. Entitled Xerxes, the comic would center on 300‘s antagonist (played in Zach Snyder’s film by Rodrigo Santoro). In an interview with Hero Complex, Miller talked at length about the upcoming six-part miniseries, which is due to hit stores next year. Said Miller:
“The story will be the same heft as 300 but it cover a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days. This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in 300 were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it’s a sweeping tale with gods and warriors.”
Sounds pretty sweet. Hit the jump for more on the project including whether its due for a film adaptation.
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.