Following the hiring of Noam Murro, director of 2008 rom-com Smart People and the recent Halo video game campaign, producer Bernie Goldmann said the script contained small parts for Lena Headey and Gerard Butler (Queen Gorgo and King Leonidas) and spoke about his preference for casting unknowns, which suggested things were moving forward.
Now fellow producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari have given an update on the movie, and while they admit it’s still a “work in progress”, they say we can expect a “highly intelligent, epic story”.
From Coming Soon:
“We have to say that Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, his writing partner, have killed it,” said Canton of the screenplay. “They’ve done a tremendous job making a highly intelligent, epic story that will stand on its own. But it’s not a conventional sequel and, for what we do, that’s what you hope and pray for. That you can be original and authentic at the same time.”
There’s no announced timeline for the project as of yet, but Nunnari says that it’s now officially “a work in progress… as opposed to a year ago where it was just something we wanted to do.”
300: Battle of Artemisia is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occurred in 480 BC.