Zack Snyder to choose between Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra to direct Xerxes spinoff film

Posted by: Zack Bruce

After Zack Snyder landed the directing gig for MAN OF STEEL, he dropped helming duties on the 300 spinoff for Xerxes. Ever since then the Snyder clan have remained producers and are dedicated to finding the next director for the newly named film.

Now titled 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA, the spinoff is down to two possible directors: Noam Murro (SMART PEOPLE) and Jaume Collet-Serra (ORPHAN, UNKNOWN). The first draft of the script was written by Snyder and co-writer on 300, Kurt Johnstad. The screenplay is based on Miller’s in-progress graphic novel, which has been explained by Miller as this:

“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. The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of 300.”

“…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 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.”

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Source: Deadline, /Film

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