Frank Miller's 300 Sequel is Nearly Finished, But What's Next?
by Alex Billington
July 23, 2009
We published an update from Zack Snyder on the in-development sequel to 300 nearly a month back. We know that Frank Miller has been writing a completely new sequel and the Risky Biz Blog now reports that he has "recently completed a draft" of that graphic novel. They also say that no screenwriter and no director has officially signed on yet, not even Zack Snyder. But of course, he's never really said that he's for sure returning, but it sounds like he wants to be involved in some way (since 300 was his big break). The success of 300 sparked a new sword-and-sandals trend in Hollywood, but will the sequel be too much?
They don't add much more into the mix beyond that it's presenting a tough challenge for Warner Bros. "While Miller is still tweaking his version, the ball will soon rest in the court of studio, financing entity and producers to determine how easily, if at all, they can translate the story to the big screen." As reported previously, this sequel would take place between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea (that was seen at the very end of 300). But if that's the case, then that means none of the original actors (like Gerard Butler) will be in this, give or take David Wenham, and that it'll be almost entirely disconnected.
Given the success of 300, a few other ancient epics have been put into active development, including Clash of the Titans, Tarsem Singh's War of Gods, and Jonathan Liebesman's Odysseus. But if we see all of those soon, then is there a chance we'll have a sword-and-sandal overload by the time this new 300 sequel hits?