Noam Murro Will Direct 300: Battle of Artemisia

Warner Bros. had a problem: who will direct the sequel to “300” for them, now that Zack Snyder is too busy with “Man of Steel”? They had two choices: Noam Murro or Jaume Collet-Serra.

Turns out, the studio liked both, and decided to give Collet-Serra their long-gestating “Akira” remake, and is now setting Murro for “300: Battle of Artemisia”. According to THR, the offer will go out to Murro sometime next week. Since he’s been in the running, and he hasn’t taken his name off the project, I’m guessing he’ll say Yes pretty quickly.

So who is Murro, and why is he the right guy to direct “Battle of Artemisia”? Your guess is as good as mine. The Israeli-born director’s previous feature film credit is the indie drama “Smart People” in 2008, though he’s attached to direct “Die Hard 5”, so he certainly has an eye towards moving away from the indie stuff. Warner plans on shooting the “300” sequel the way Snyder shot the first movie, with a huge helping of green screen, CG, and a big, big warehouse to build all their sets.

Based on Frank Miller’s upcoming comic book, “300: Battle of Artemisia” would focus on the life and times of Xerxes, the bad guy in “300”, before, during, and after the events of that movie. In the film, Xerxes is a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, who died while battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. “Artemisia” will take place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which takes place about the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae as seen in “300”. That means, of course, the possibility of a cameo by Gerard Butler and his 300 are very possible, indeed.