Zack Snyder on That 300 Prequel and a 300 3D Re-Release?
I'm sorry for mentioning 300 twice in our headline, but there really is twice the 300 news in this one post! SuperHeroHype spoke with director Zack Snyder last week at ShoWest and got an interesting update out of him about the 300 prequel that we know Frank Miller is writing titled Xerxes and also about a potential re-release of 300 in 3D. Warner Bros converted a section of the film to 3D to show how good it looked and now they want to convert the whole thing. "I saw maybe like a ten-minute section [of 300] that they'd just done," Zack told them. "I haven't seen the whole movie but they're talking about doing the whole movie."
As for the 300 prequel, Miller is currently working on it (as a graphic novel first), but we haven't heard too much about since that update last December. However, Snyder finally provides an update on what's going on with that and it sounds like he might potentially direct that prequel next after finishing SuckerPunch.
"I'm waiting on Frank (Miller) for the sequel to '300' and there's a really good chance that will be the thing we do," he said, "He's been working hard, so he's supposed to show me something really soon; actually in the next few months, he's going to show me something. There was a big discussion about what we would do for the sequel to '300' and I said, 'I didn't tell Frank what to write the first time, and I'm not telling him what to write this time,'" he told us when asked who came up with the idea for Xerxes. "I'll take it and I'll adapt it and make it into a movie and I'll write a screenplay, but I want him to do whatever he thinks. I'm not going to say I'm 100%, like that's it, but on the other hand, I'm pretty confident it's going to be awesome. That would be the next thing and then I'm working on a sci-fi thing that Kurt and I are writing together, an original thing."
I'm more interested in that sci-fi project he's talking about, but that sounds like a long ways out anyway. As we know, Xerxes is about the Battle of Marathon that took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece. I'm very curious to see how Frank Miller stylizes it and if it's an exact repeat of 300 with bigger battles or something else new and unique. Same goes for Zack Snyder - if he does direct that prequel/sequel after SuckerPunch, will he try to do something new and original again, or just rehash his work on 300 but with more soldiers and a bigger budget? There are still lots of questions, but few answers at the moment.
As for that re-release of 300 in 3D, it's entirely unnecessary, but there's not much we can do about it. I've heard rumors of other older movies getting 3D conversions for DVD releases (not even theatrical), which is an even worse idea, but I think the industry is trying to saturate the market with 3D as much as possible. Whatever happens, we'll keep you updated on all of this either way, for better or worse. Your thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 20 Comments
I don't think I will be running into the cinemas with wild abandon to watch 300 in 3D, or the prequel/sequel for that matter. Although I thought that 300 rocked. 300 in 3D is unnecessary but it is probably a relatively thing for them to do considering the way 300 was filmed - all that blue screen and vfx and all
Phillip Gibb on Mar 23, 2010
Ok...so.....if they convert the 300 movie into 3-D its no longer Zacks movie. 300 3-D will not have been made by Zack Snyder, right? It reads like he has no say or input as to the push and pull of 3-D incorporated to his wildly overrated hit, 300. Seems like the studio dropped a 10 minute 3-D piece in his lap, making it seems like he had no involvement....or clue for that matter that this was being done? This is a great debate: In todays 3-D world, if a movie is directed to be made in 3-D, that director should be credited. If its converted into 3-D without the director, the movie simply wasn't directed, let alone made to the vision of the guy who made the 2-D version. C'mon....otherwise, thats like pretending Capra made a colorized "Its A Wonderful Life"
Voice of Reason on Mar 23, 2010
I'm excited for the prequel not so much the 3D crap though
Sharlto on Mar 23, 2010
I'd go to the theaters to see 300 again just because I liked the movie. I could care less for 3D post production. Just like I'll go see Clash next weekend in 2D. But if it was only available in 3D I'll watch it there. Regarding a prequel, if Frank Miller proves he's still on his game (his last couple GN's have been weak) I'll gladly jump in for a prequel. I have hopes for Snyder though not to just rehash himself. He's done something severely different movie to movie. I can't see him stopping now.
harm on Mar 23, 2010
they are making a big mistake by releasing it in 3D....
HellBoy on Mar 23, 2010
300 has been milked more often than Old MacDonald's entire herd of dairy cows.
Hattori Hanzo on Mar 23, 2010
DIdn't like 300, but I do respect Znyder. Looking forward to it.
ryderup on Mar 23, 2010
yeah the 3-D re-release is fail. Prequel whatever.
Xerxex on Mar 23, 2010
There's a certain level of "Snyder quality" with slow-mo sequences so I'm sure whatever he does will be good. Jury's out on a 3D re-release w/ me though. Spartacus Blood & Sand have pretty much taken the mantle nicely and I'm sure Clash'd be good. No hurry on 300 sequel for me.
jomba joose on Mar 23, 2010
excellent,300 is the best bloke movie since scarface.
DEADPOOL 72 on Mar 23, 2010
So tired of this 3D crap. Avatar just gave me a headache because of the 3D and a migraine because of the story.
unrealjedi on Mar 23, 2010
Dont bother with the prequel or the 3d bullshit!
People's Champ on Mar 23, 2010
What a hack.
DiR3cT on Mar 23, 2010
Don't care about the 3D conversion... But a prequel could be great.
sparta! on Mar 24, 2010
The prequel will be better!!!
George on Mar 24, 2010
Why? It was just fine the way it is. It doesn't need 3D.
Tony on Mar 24, 2010
The Picture that you used cracks me up. Zack and that person next to him look as if they are really trying to avoid making eye contact with Gerard Butler's crotch hahahaha.
RivasEN on Mar 24, 2010
I'm excited about this upcoming prequel. Contrary to some of the comments above, 300 has a huge fanbase and would be a blockbuster. I just hope they bring back all the regular actors from the previous movie.
PS on Mar 24, 2010
I see this as an experiment by the studios. They are doing this to answer questions: How hard is it to convert to 3D? How much will it cost? How much can we make off the re-release? Since 300 was an effects driven movie, it might be relatively cheap to do and if they can ride the 3D craze (Alice 3d anyone?) they can possibly make a ton of money.
msn on Mar 24, 2010
Screw 3D.... period. Just a gimmick to keep HD tv sales up as long as possible and prevent the immediate move onto the next big technology that's probably already available...
Sammy on Apr 17, 2010
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