Hell yes. I’ve just read that Zack Snyder (the guy who made the bloodlust film 300) has inked a deal to begin writing the followup called Xerxes. According to Hero Complex, Snyder starting working on the script a week ago with fellow 300-collaborator Kurt Johnstad.
While no directing deal is set yet, it’s hard to believe that Warner Bros. would want anyone else helming this Frank Miller adaptation. Snyder’s 300 was a smash hit at the box office, generating $456 million worldwide. The gritty, realistic violence and insane muscles of Gerald Butler propelled Snyder and Butler to A-list stars and the film became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of 2007.
“This movie follows Themistocles and the Battle of Artemisium, which coincidentally happens on the exact same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae [which was the basis of ‘300’],” Snyder said. “This one starts off with a quick retelling of the why of the Persian wars. It starts off at the Battle of Marathon and then it goes back to Themistocles finding out that Persians are invading again. and off we go over to learn a little bit about why Xerxes is the way he is.”
I’m expecting some pretty amazing things from this film – especially considering how high the bar was set with 300. Hero Complex reports that Snyder became very excited when discussing a climatic sea battle scene:
“The triremes all crash together, and as they all ram in you have basic hoplite combat. But it’s all on the deck on these crashing ships — there’s even horses riding across them,” Snyder said. “How cool is that?”