Filmmaker Zack Snyder has long said that he would not direct a sequel to "300" until the completion of a new graphic novel from Frank Miller — but based on the latest word from Miller, Snyder might want to get his Spartan armor ready.
In an interview with Hero Complex, Miller revealed that he is not only working on a graphic novel sequel to "300," but he already has a title in the form of "Xerxes," clearly derived from the name of the first film's villain played by "Lost" actor Rodrigo Santoro.
"It's the battle of Marathon through my lens," Miller said of the novel's plot. "I've finished the plot and I'm getting started on the artwork."
If "300" focused on the tragic defeat of Leonidas and his Spartan warriors, then "Xerxes" and the battle of Marathon would depict the brutal decimation of the Persian forces at the hands of their would-be Greek subjugates. Since Xerxes' father ruled the Persians at this time, perhaps the new story would be something of a coming-of-age story for the eventual "300" antagonist.
Regardless of the exact narrative, the status of "Xerxes" as a prequel falls out of line with earlier reports that the "300" sequel would be just that — a sequel.
"There's something that happens in history between Leonidas dying at the Hot Gates and Platea," Zack Snyder told MTV News earlier this year about the possible sequel's plot. "That's a year that's left out of the [original] movie. A lot happened."
Despite the plot change, fans of "300" can keep their swords and shields crossed hoping that the graphic novel comes out before too long, with a film adaptation shortly to follow.
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