With Zack Snyder now occupied until December 2012 with Superman: Man of Steel Warner Bros. have been searching for someone else to direct Xerxes, the prequel to 300 Snyder and Frank Miller have been working on for the past few years.
Well now according to Deadline the studio has narrowed the search down to two directors, and they’ve decided to keep the 300 brand by renaming Xerxes to 300: Battle of Artemisia.
The two directors in contention are Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. Murro’s only movie to date is Sarah Jessica Parker’s rom-com Smart People, but don’t judge him too quickly as he was behind the recent campaign for the Halo video game. Plus he is a five time DGA nominated commercials director and won two Golden Lions at Cannes. 20th Century Fox also hired him last year to develop Die Hard 5.
Jaume Collet-Serra recently directed Unknown starring Liam Neeson for Warner Bros, and has previously helmed Orphan (2009) and House of Wax (2005). We all need to start somewhere.
300: Battle of Artemisia will be shot in a similar style to 300, so whoever is hired will need to have an eye for slo-mo shots and be capable of working with lots of green screen.
Last year Frank Miller revealed a few details on what the prequel 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.”