With Zack Snyder now occupied until December 2012 with Superman there’s the possibility that Warner Bros. may find another director to take over Xerxes, the prequel to 300 Snyder and Frank Miller have been working on for the past few years.
The last we heard the studio had apparently offered the job to Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), but nothing seems to have come of that yet. While at WonderWon last weekend producer Mark Canton was questioned on the project, and he couldn’t say whether Snyder would still be directing or not.
“I can’t say,” said Canton when asked if Snyder would be directing the film, “I mean, he’s got ‘Superman.’ He’s busy. We’re busy. I don’t think we’re going to wait two years. But we’ll work together with him and figure out who the filmmaker should be if he doesn’t direct it.”
Snyder is certainly involved with the project in some capacity, though, as he’ll be providing the screenplay alongside 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad.
“We’re taking a lot of time because [Zach] really did create something that goes in the time capsule,” Canton explained, “We want to be faithful to the first one, but we don’t want to do a conventional sequel. But we’re getting close.”
Last year Frank Miller revealed a few details on what Xerxes will involve, and who we can expect to show up:
The time frame begins 10 years before ‘300′ and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon” … “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. With Themistocles I have a character who is almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure. He was nicknamed ‘The Subtle Serpent’ and he always manages to do the exact right things that will result in him benefiting greatly.”