Guy Ritchie To Replace Zack Snyder On The 300 Sequel Xerxes

By Josh Tyler 2011-02-15 17:24:04discussion comments
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300 creator Frank Miller has written a sequel to his comic turned movie and Warner Bros. is dead set on turning that idea, Xerxes into a sequel. Until recently it seemed like if the project actually happened, 300 director Zack Snyder would be behind it. In fact back in 2010 Snyder actually said he was working on it. But now, out of the blue, it looks like things are going a different direction. Snyder is out, Guy Ritchie may be in.

NY Mag says Warner Bros. has offered the 300 sequel directing job to Ritchie, best known as the guy behind such films as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and more recently Sherlock Holmes. Ritchie is currently at work on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and in theory heís also supposed to be making Excalibur. So how will he fit Xerxes in? Excalibur could be left by the wayside, if he takes the gig.

The big question here, though, is why isnít Snyder doing it? He has a stalwart relationship with Warner Bros., in fact heís directing their mega-important Superman reboot. That Superman movie may well be the problem. Word is thereís a lot of work to be done to get the new Superman going, including some serious fixing of a problematic script. WB is under the gun with their Man of Steel project, if they donít make it they lose the rights to do so, and that probably means they want Snyder focused, and that means giving 300 to someone else.

But is it worth doing if Snyder isnít behind it? Letís be honest, it was almost entirely Snyderís visual style which made that movie worth watching at all. Without him, there really isnít any reason to be interested in this project. At best Guy Ritchie could do some close approximation of Snyderís work, but that seems like a creatively bankrupt move for a director whoís already established himself as a legitimate talent in his own right.

What do you think? If Snyderís out are you interested? Let us know in the comments below.
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