Well this was probably a smart movie. While most people with half a brain remembers Xerxes as the villain in Zack Snyder’s “300″, there are probably some running around missing said half a brain that would probably have gone, “Duh, Xerxes? Who he?” and not pay for their movie ticket as a result. Thus, the studio, not wishing to deny themselves the price of a movie ticket from the missing-half-a-brain population, have officially retitled the “300″ sequel to “300: Battle of Artemisia”.
Besides the new title, the sequel is currently going through a list of directors, with Noam Murro (who is already tapped to direct “Die Hard 5″) and Jaume Collet-Serra (Liam Neeson’s “Unknown”) emerging as the two top candidates for the gig, now that Zack Snyder has bailed in order to make you believe that a man can fly. Again. Ala “The Man of Steel”.
Written by Snyder and Kurt Johnstad (Snyder will, presumably, remain on board to produce, or at least, lend his name to the ad campaigns), “Battle of Artemisia” will once again be based on a Frank Miller limited series comic book, and will trace the origins of bad guy Xerxes as he rises to power, eventually becoming the delusional “God” dude from “300″ and launching his ill-fated invasion of Greece in order to avenge the death of his father. That must have been a great deathbed scene: “Son, whatever happens, get those damn dirty Greeks!”
If I’m not mistaken, this could very well be the first time that a movie went back and traced the origins of the villain instead of the heroes. What a novel idea. Personally, I didn’t think Xerxes was all that interesting to begin with, but what do I know.