Battle Of Artemisium Producer Says Movie Is Not A Prequel OR Sequel to 300
So what is it? While speaking to Collider about various movie projects including Immortals , Producer Mark Canton discusses the current state of Noam Murrow's follow up to Zack Snyder's 300..
In the below video interview Producer Mark Canton discusses some upcoming movies such as Immortals, Piranha 3DD and Emperor with Collider. It's all very interesting stuff but what caught my eye was his description of the currently in development follow up to Zack Snyder's 300 which he describes as neither a prequel nor a sequel. Ok, but we know that the story will focus on Rodrigo Santoro's character Xerxes who was involved in the battle of Thermopylae. So unless that character can be in two places at once the follow up must happen either before or after the events of 300, thus making it either a prequel or a sequel? I guess he must mean that it won't be a direct continuation or prologue to the story told in 300. Anyway, you can listen to what he has to say around the 10 min mark or check out the highlights below.
Canton says it's "in process". He says the screenplay by Zack Snyder and Kirk Johnson is "absolutely awesome" and they are hoping to get moving on the project with WB and Legendary soon. He then says that the movie is "not a sequel or a prequel", insisting that it is simply "another story in the 300 universe". He then says it is likely that we will see some characters from the original 300 return.
It was recently revealed that the title to this movie would most likely be 300: Battle Of Artemisium, a slight alteration from the original "Battle Of Artemisia". Here we have a synopsis..
Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) is somewhat pushed into the bloody battle with the Greeks by the gold-covered maven goddess Artemisia. Artemisia, witnessing just how much his father King Darius’s death has affected him, persuades Xerxes – with her “vindictive charm” – to go into battle against those responsible.
Artemisia tells Xerxes that he has no choice but to avenge his father’s death and has to man up before becoming king. So, he sets off to become a God because that’s the only way he can win the battle.
Artemisia, on her hunt for a group of men to join Xerxes in the battle against the Greeks, doesn’t stop at brainwashing Xerxes. She also manages to convince Themistocles (the character “Animal Kingdom” star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play) to side with her somewhat. Though the Persians took his family, and he’s spent ten years training the Greeks for battle, Artemisia has such an allure about her that the muscly Greek is taken. Ultimately, she convinces him that his life will be better off if he swaps sides. But this guy’s also as good a liar as he is a fighter.