Has the WB Offered Xerxes to Guy Ritchie Because Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch Sucks?

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Well, that’s one theory being floated by the boys and gals over at Vulture, who, off the top of my head, is batting around 50-50 when it comes to breaking movie news, or thereabouts.

According to the site, Warner Bros. is none too please about how Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” is performing with test audiences (people apparently are not digging it; as in, at all), and as a result, they’re looking to hedge their bets by giving “Xerxes”, the sequel to “300”, to Guy Ritchie, who has become hot all over again now that he’s dumped Madonna. And oh yeah, he had a really big hit last year with “Sherlock Holmes” and has the highly anticipated “Sherlock Holmes 2″ coming out later this year, too.

There’s all the above speculation, plus this additional bit about the Man of Steel: Warner Bros. needs Snyder to buckle down on the “Superman” reboot in order to get the production off the ground before they lose the rights. This has become even more important now that, according to Vulture, the film’s current script has “major third-act problems”. That, er, probably isn’t going to sit well with David Goyer, who wrote the script with Christoper Nolan’s input.

The word is, WB has “offered” the directing gig to Ritchie. Hopefully they told Snyder that, cause ol Zack was really looking forward to doing the sequel to “300”…

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  • Anonymous

    More so than not, they just took him off Xerxes due to the fact that if Superman goes as big as they hope it will, he cant have a schedule pulling him away from the more money inducing project. Also, I have personally thought that Sucker Punch was more of an Artistic venture than a full fledged marketable movie meant to be a block buster. Anyway who…ramblings from the VA drunkard lol.

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

      You make great points man. I was thinking the same thing both about Snyder on Superman and “Sucker Punch.” With “Sucker Punch” being this mixed genre flick, not everyone is going to be able to deal. It’s kinda like “Watchmen” the comic AND the movie. People were expecting an action flick and what they got was a thought provoking peice with some action sprinkled in.