Despite the box office juggernaut that Zack Snyder’s 300 was to moviegoers, raking in more than $450 million worldwide on a mere $65 million budget, the spin-off film that was announced back in 2007 under the working title Xerxes, has had no so luck. In fact, the film has been in development hell for the past three years, and although small bits of information have been revealed, it has already been reported that Zach Snyder will not reprise his role in the director’s helm, instead committed to creating the upcoming Superman reboot, Man Of Steel.
However, Deadline has reported that Warner Bros. Has now narrowed down the director choices to one of two directors. The two contenders for the project are Noam Murro, director of Smart People and Jaume Collet-Serra, director of the House of Wax remake, Orphan and most recently, Unknown. In addition, the film will now be titled 300: Battle of Artemisia.
Historically, Artemisia was a female Ionian ruler who fell into rule after the untimely death of her husband. Being the only female commander on the battlefield, she allied with Xerxes, and concocted a sound battle plan for the Persian armies, which Xerxes quickly dismissed, instead opting to follow an alternate battle plan which resulted in Persia’s defeat by the Greek city-states.
The historical premise may be a little convoluted in the politics of the time, but a film with a strong female lead beside Rodrigo Santoro, who will be reprising his role as Xerxes from 300, is bound to be original in at least some capacity. The film is still in pre-production, but more information will be available as it is released.