After Zack Snyder’s adaptation of “300” Frank Miller, the original writer of the graphic novel, started working on a prequel that will be called “Xerxes,” which will be made into a film once they write a script based off it. This is some artwork from the upcoming graphic novel:
And that’s not all. Frank Miller also spilled the beans on the story to the Los Angeles Times and explained how this will be more complex and more expansive:
“The story will be the same heft as ‘300′ but it cover a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days,” Miller told the . “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.” … “The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of 300.”
“The time frame begins 10 years before ‘300′ and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon” … “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 well on his way to godhood by the end of the story. 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.”
Man I wasn’t looking forward to this, but now I’m really up for it. It sounds good, and the fact that this is more of a complex and extended story than what 300 was makes it sound like it will be amazing.