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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 he’s 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 isn’t Snyder doing it? He has a stalwart relationship with Warner Bros., in fact he’s directing their mega-important Superman reboot. That Superman movie may well be the problem. Word is there’s 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 don’t 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 isn’t behind it? Let’s be honest, it was almost entirely Snyder’s visual style which made that movie worth watching at all. Without him, there really isn’t any reason to be interested in this project. At best Guy Ritchie could do some close approximation of Snyder’s work, but that seems like a creatively bankrupt move for a director who’s already established himself as a legitimate talent in his own right.
What do you think? If Snyder’s out are you interested? Let us know in the comments below.