The 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.”