The first official poster and images have been released for the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2006 epic, 300. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel the first film saw King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) lead an army of just 300 Spartans to rebuff the advances of the vast Persian army lead by the tyrant emperor and self professed God, Xerxes. This new film follows on from the first and is taken from Frank Millers graphic novel entitled Xerxes. In this film Xerxes has advanced even further in his endeavour to become the totalitarian ruler of all the land and it now falls to Sullivan Stapleton’s Greek general Themistokles, who has been charged with uniting his fragmented people in defiance of their Persian aggressors.
One of the most interesting things in the statements that have been released thus far is that this time the fighting will not be taking place on land but at sea. This could add a very interesting new dimension to the saga, which could be important in order to avoid becoming a complete replication of the first film. Plus if the stunning visuals of the first films fight scenes are anything to go by, epic warship battles could be both be stunning and enthralling. Hopefully these will even be able to overshadow some of the best battles in 300.
As you can see from the images above this film looks like it very much encapsulates the vivid imagery captured in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of 300. However although Zack Snyder co-wrote this sequel it is Noam Murro (Smart People, 2008) who is in the directors’ chair this time around. I have not seen the film Noam has directed previously and he seems to be fairly new to directing feature films. However if Noam can encapsulate all the things that were innovative and brilliant about 300 and add in a few new touches or a put forward a different perspective on the proceedings, then we could all be in for a treat.