300 Sequel Will Now Rise Instead of Battle

Frank Miller's XerxesWarner Bros. has changed the title to their sequel to Zack Snyder’s “300” — it will now be called “300: Rise of an Empire” instead of “300: Battle of Artemisia”. The film will also be an official sequel, not a prequel or sorta prequel or anything like that, to Snyder’s 2006 film about the last stand of the 300 Spartans, starring Gerard Butler and a host of hot-bodied dudes in loincloths.

The 300 sequel will star “Strike Back’s” Sullivan Stapleton as Greek General Themistocles, the Athenian who led the decisive navy battle against the ships of King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro, reprising the role) following the events of “300” and its Battle of Thermopylae. If you saw the first movie, remember that last scene where all those Greeks were assembled on the beach to fight? Well, that comes after what Themistocles did to Xerxes’ fleet.

Noam Murro, who at one time was supposed to direct “A Good Day to Die Hard”, will direct “Rise of an Empire” for a August 2nd, 2013 release date.

The film is currently in production, and will co-star Eva Green, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Callan Mulvey, Yigal Naor, Ashraf Barhom, and Andrew Pleavin.

The sequel, like the first movie, is supposedly based on a limited series comic book by Frank Miller. I wouldn’t know. Did Miller ever finish that book and was it ever released? I don’t even remember, to be perfectly honest with you, it’s been so long since we showed that piece of artwork

Xerxes Comic Book Panel by Frank Miller

Via : Heat Vision