Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Frank Miller Talks "300" Follow-Up

No one does hyper-masculine melodrama like Zack Snyder, and it looks like the celebrated director behind fanboy favorites “300” and “Watchmen” may be partnering with “Sin City” scribe Frank Miller once again to deliver more stupefying Spartan superfluity.

According to an article at cinematical, Miller spoke recently with the Los Angeles Times about the project, tentatively titled “Xerxes” after the notorious Persian king and antagonist of the first film. Miller reveals his follow-up will be a prequel, set roughly ten years before the Battle of Thermopylae, on which “300” was loosely (loosely) based.

So what historic skirmish sets the stage for “Xerxes?” “It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller says. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”

Thematically, Marathon makes for a fitting prequel to “300,” though some may contest that the context of the fight, which again sees the Greek army attempting to thwart a seemingly insurmountable Persian invasion, is too redundant to support an additional feature-length film. Legendary Pictures, on the other hand, might direct you to their gross revenue figures for the first.

Honestly, one bout of Miller and Snyder’s self-important shouting competition was more than enough for me, but if the prospect of more derivative, green-screen fight sequences featuring hundreds of men with sprayed-on abs appeals to you, by all means begin getting pumped.

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