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Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Millerï¿½s (Sin City) acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.
300 director Zack Snyder burst on to the scene in 2004 as the guy behind a remake of George Romero's classic zombie horror flick Dawn of the Dead. For some horror aficionados remaking Romero is kind of like trying to remake Hitchcock, but Snyder impressed studio executives by delivering a new take on Romero's classic film that won over both audiences and critics. The film was a big enough hit to set Snyder up with whatever else he wanted to sink his teeth into next. He chose Frank Miller's graphic novel 300.
With the success of Sin City, another film based on one of Miller's acclaimed comics, Frank's material is a Hollywood hot property. Miller collaborates with Snyder on 300, but his role is much more limited than the co-directing credit he took on Sin City. Instead this is Zack Snyder's film, his first major Hollywood picture as both co-writer and director.
The film takes a dash of Sin City's literal comic book style, and adds a lot of color. That color's enough to make Snyder's gory film a hard R, after all this is the story of 300 Spartans fighting and killing thousands upon thousands of enemy soldiers. 300 will run red with blood.
Apparently, someone over at Warner Brothers likes what they've seen. They've already lined Snyder up for another high-profile comic translation. He's the man in charge of their long in development film version of "Watchmen". If Frank Miller's work is significant, than Watchmen is like the comic book Holy Grail. It's a massive piece of work, and a desperately important one. Screw it up, and Warner Brothers earns the ire of legions of comic nerds from here to eternity. If they're trusting Zack Snyder with it based on what they've seen of 300, then we may be in for something pretty special.