Guy Ritchie Has Been Offered '300' Prequel 'Xerxes' for Next Movie

February 15, 2011
Source: Vulture

Xerxes / Guy Ritchie

Though we've already gotten a first look at Frank Miller's graphic novel, and Zack Snyder has talked about the plot, we still have heard very many details on Xerxes, the prequel to the stylized epic 300. Well today a big bit of news comes from Vulture as they've heard Warner Bros has offered the movie to Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie. However, keep in mind that this is merely an offer, and Ritchie could just as easily pass on the project. However, this offer from the studio is interesting considering how successful Snyder's take on 300 ended up being. But it sounds like WB might be done drinking Snyder's cinematic Kool-Aid.

Vulture says that Warner Bros isn't too pleased with the way Snyder's crazy genre mash-up Sucker Punch is focus testing with audiences (we've heard similar for awhile). In addition, Snyder's last two films Watchmen and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole didn't exactly deliver the box office numbers the studio was hoping for at all. So for now, Warner Bros. is interested in going with a director who has proven to bring audiences to theaters and deliver a high quality flick (at least with Sherlock Holmes). Not sure if Ritchie can handle this material as well as or better than Snyder did with 300, but we may find out soon. What do you think?

UPDATE: EW has learned that the news of Warner Bros. offering Xerxes to director Guy Ritchie is simply "an erroneous error." The project is in active development, but has not been greenlit yet. As you were.

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landera on Feb 16, 2011


I hope we never have to find out... I love zachs Style... Guy's talent isnt in this genre... Last film I saw from him was Snatch and i laughed myway to the floor...

Ricardo Marques on Feb 16, 2011


I liked to see what he could do with the film.

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011


The last thing that comes to mind when I think of Guy Ritchie is "effects-driven, comic adaptation."

Sean Kelly on Feb 16, 2011


i dont care jus dont mess it up n make it...300 was epic!!!

Fiend_5500 on Feb 16, 2011


More Frank Miller news that isn't about Sin City 2? Le Sigh.

crumb on Feb 16, 2011


i think guy ritchie would be out of his element with this film. he's a good filmmaker, but i don't think this genre is what he's good at.

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011


Frank should team up with Rodriguez again for it.

steve on Feb 16, 2011


"cinematic kool-aid" DEF: Zack Snyder's 300 lol

stfugtfo on Feb 16, 2011


This is bullshit. Are Warner Brothers fucking retarded? There's a reason why his movies performed as they did. Let's not pretend they are very commercial movies. Both Watchmen and Legend of the Guardians had to overcome all the preconceived notions on what a superhero and an animated movie are 'supposed to be'. I personally loved LOTG and honestly the biggest problem with it was Snyder didn't go far enough, but that would have alienated more people, since it is about owls after all and people are just too stubborn to not be biased. Sucker Punch sounds the least accessible of his movies so far, so it's basically Warner Brothers fault once again. It is good they greenlight original concepts much like Universal but they must have some grasp on how to budget movies. Universal cannot control their budgets and hence flop on many movies. But point is, what the hell were they expecting? This is Zach Snyder not some studio director without a soul and style. Ritchie also has a unique style but that does not fit Xerxes. Don't be stupid WB.

ty on Feb 16, 2011


zack snyder or no one...simple..

Nightshade on Feb 16, 2011


I agree! Did someone as Snyder if he was up to it? He did a wonderful job with 300, so the obvious choice for the prequel would be him too!

Gh on Feb 16, 2011


I was hoping for Snyder, but I really just want to see this happen.

Mattias Nielsen on Feb 16, 2011


Xerxes will be a hit no matter who directs it. 300 is still much beloved. And Superman will bomb no matter who directs it. Everyone would rather forget Returns happened.

Dave on Feb 16, 2011


I`ll just have to say it Watchmen was one of the best movies ever made I fell in love with it I think it is a masterpiece.

Loser on Feb 16, 2011


i really like Guy Ritchie, but only Snyder should direct the sequel

ozzie on Feb 16, 2011


i wonder how this will pan out...

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


i wonder how this will pan out...

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


Squiggles2187 on Feb 16, 2011


There is no such thing as a good prequel. Stop trying.

Awtan90 on Feb 16, 2011


"But it sounds like WB might be done drinking Snyder's cinematic Kool-Aid." Umm, he's directing their high-profile Superman reboot, is he not?

Trev3k on Feb 16, 2011


If you believe Clint in austrailia, then no, soon he won't be directing the Superman reboot. The dude has good sources in Warners from his time as a producer with them.

Next Shoe to Drop on Feb 17, 2011


Why whould they give him Superman if they do not have confidence in him?

WB EXEC on Feb 16, 2011


Because it wasn't clear that Sucker Punch was going to be his 3rd bomb in a row.

Duh on Feb 17, 2011


Wow WB EXEC and Trev3k are better journalists than Ethan here. Seriously Ethan - WTF?! Done drinking his kool-aid? They handed him a 200 million dollar Superman movie. This sounds more like they are trying to keep him focused on Supes and at the same time capitalize on 300 at the same time not trying to beg off Snyder.

harm on Feb 16, 2011


Ethan, you have to correct this article before it is too late. I think the real reason the 300 sequel has been offered to Guy Ritchie is due to a Scheduling Conflict (a REAL one) concerning Zack Snyder having been assigned to the Christopher Nolan-developed Superman movie.

Scheduling Conflict on Feb 17, 2011


Zack Snyder is about to be booted from Superman. He got the gig before the Owl movie bombed, and he spent four months unable to fix Goyer's script, and Sucker Punch started testing as a bomb, and he picked a British dude who is possibly gay and a PR disaster to star. The public found out about Cavill's casting before the studio and it was announced on the night of the SAG awards. Plenty of reason to jerk Xerxes away from Snyder, even though he spent years writing the script and doing unpaid development on the film.

Booted on Feb 17, 2011

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