Zack Snyder has cut a deal to go ahead with a 300 Sequel entitled Xerxes. The deal was completed just a short time ago and Snyder and his 300 writing partner, Kurt Johnstad, are only a week into writing the script.
Xerxes was the foe that finally did in the Leonidas, Gerard Butler, led 300 Spartans. This film will cover time periods and events that precede and go past the 300 battle. Gerard Butler may reprise his role in a cameo but this movie is going to be focused on the other side of the battlefront this time. The movie version of Xerxes is being developed in conjunction with Frank Miller’s comic book version which is due to be published in the next few months.
As reported in the LA Times, right now all that is firmly negotiated with Warner Brother is for Snyder to write the movie with an option to direct.
Quoting from the article Snyder expands on Xerxes father, Themosticles:
“This movie follows Themosticles 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.”
He added: “Themistocles is kind of the father of democracy. It’s much more about these guys choosing. The Spartans are, ‘We fight, we die,’ so that’s an easy choice for them, there’s no surrender. The cool thing about Themistocles and his gang is that it’s way more difficult. Things aren’t as clear or unchallenged. He has to be more political to get everyone to agree. It’s political, in the soap-opera sense of the word. There’s a relationship with Leonidas … and … well, we’ll see where it all goes.”
Pictured below is Xerxes from the new graphic novel by Frank Miller.