by: The HORROR Man source: Collider
What does 300 writer, Frank Miller, have to say about the possibility’s for its sequel Xerxes?
Thank Xenu there’s some news regarding the sequel to the smash hit 300. Director Zach Snyder has said that a 300 sequel would only work if and when Frank Miller decided to write another graphic novel based around it. Well, it appears that Miller has a good chunk of Xerxes written and drawn, and he recently spoke extensively about the project. Regarding the story, Miller had this to say:
“The time frame begins 10 years before ’300? and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than ’300? in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he [is] well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.”
If you know anything about the Battle of Marathon, then your ahead of the curve by a lot. This would be an epic battle to be seen on screen. The inclusion of Themistocles as the main character is very exciting as well, as he’s generally considered one of the greatest leaders in history. Regarding Themistocles, Miller said:
“With Themistocles I have a character who is almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure. He was nicknamed ‘The Subtle Serpent’ and he always manages to do the exact right things that will result in him benefiting greatly.”
Expanding on the plot of the book a bit, Miller talked to Hero Complex about how the story of Xerxes is much more complex than 300:
“The story will be the same heft as ’300? but it covers a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days. This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in ’300? were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it’s a sweeping tale with gods and warriors.”
Apparently, the Battle of Artemisium will be the climax of the book, and ends on the same day as the events of 300:
“There is an aftermath that is like an extension of ’300? because ’300? ended so abruptly with all of them getting mowed down by arrows. I do get into what happened after that and what the entire thing means to Xerxes. Xerxes is a megalomaniac and takes everything as a sign of his godhood. I’ve known people like that.”
For now, Snyder is busy with Superman and Miller’s graphic novel hasn’t even come out yet, so we may be a ways off from a film version of this 300 follow-up.