300 Sequel To Be Called Xerxes

300-sequel-1The La Times has an interesting story about recent films inspired by Greek mythology. While Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson occupy most of the space, buried all of the way down is an update on the 300 sequel. I was kind of hoping that it would be called 400 or 500, but Frank Miller has different ideas. He has named it Xerxes, and it takes place about ten years before the events of 300. “It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller told the LA Times. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”

The battle of Marathon, of course, was the first Persian invasion of Greece. It’s also where the classic marathon race comes from. I’m not sure why the film is called Xerxes, however, because I believe that Darius was king during the battle of Marathon, and Xerxes did not supersede him until afterward.

But though the plot seems ever changing, it sounds like Frank Miller has finally settled on a story. Now that he is working on the graphic novel, his thoughts can turn to the film version. Zach Snyder expressed interest in directing the film but has not officially signed on. However, he’ll probably end up occupying the director’s chair once more.

When asked about the allure of the ancient Greek culture, Miller said, “Every generation returns to ancient Greece because, well, the stories are so damn good. The fact and the myth are inseparable and, believe me, when you go sailing for a while in the Aegean Sea, you start believing in Poseidon.”



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    “I’m not sure why the film is called Xerxes, however, because I believe that Darius was king during the battle of Marathon, and Xerxes did not supersede him until afterward.”
    I think he’s going to make the comic a ficational account of the historical events like 300, and chronicle Xerxes rise to power. It’d be interesting if he gives him an almost mythical origin like he did with Leonidas.

    • Jacob

      That was my thought, but then, Xerxes didn’t have THAT big of a part in 300, and the focus of the new film will also probably be elsewhere – presumably on the bloodshed as caused by the Greeks. Xerxes might have a big part, but I just think that it’s odd to name the entire film after him.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Oh I’m sure the focus will be on the Greeks too. They’ll probably try and make Xerxes this anti-hero.

  • Dedpool

    “I’m not sure why the film is called Xerxes, however, because I believe that Darius was king during the battle of Marathon, and Xerxes did not supersede him until afterward.”
    I think he’s going to make the comic a ficational account of the historical events like 300, and chronicle Xerxes rise to power. It’d be interesting if he gives him an almost mythical origin like he did with Leonidas.

    • Jacob

      That was my thought, but then, Xerxes didn’t have THAT big of a part in 300, and the focus of the new film will also probably be elsewhere – presumably on the bloodshed as caused by the Greeks. Xerxes might have a big part, but I just think that it’s odd to name the entire film after him.

      • Dedpool

        Oh I’m sure the focus will be on the Greeks too. They’ll probably try and make Xerxes this anti-hero.

  • HOLEY SHEEIT

    oh man oh man oh man!! i just jizzed in my pants. cant wait for this!

  • HOLEY SHEEIT

    oh man oh man oh man!! i just jizzed in my pants. cant wait for this!

  • Daniel

    It is absolute rubbish, Frank Miller wants publicity and to make it sounds grate by using Xerxes name. Xerxes hasen’t got anything to do with the war in marathon!!! Its like call a movie Napoleon and the movie is about First World War!!!!… Get lost Frank..

  • Daniel

    It is absolute rubbish, Frank Miller wants publicity and to make it sounds grate by using Xerxes name. Xerxes hasen’t got anything to do with the war in marathon!!! Its like call a movie Napoleon and the movie is about First World War!!!!… Get lost Frank..