Jul 18th 2011 By: Andy Khouri
, best known for the critically acclaimed dramedy Smart People
, has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct 300: Battle of Artemisia
, the film formerly known as Xerxes
and a spin-off of 300
. Murro will shoot a screenplay co-written by Zack Snyder
, who directed the original film, and is based on an in-progress graphic novel by Frank Miller
The original 300
film was a hugely successful adaptation of Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae. The forthcoming sequel, Xerxes
, was recently previewed in the first issue of Dark Horse Presents
and focuses on the relentless Persian "god-king" of the original story. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision
, which will be called 300: Battle of Artemisia
when it comes to cinemas, follows the character as he searches for "godhood" in a battle with an Athenian called Themistocles.
Snyder co-wrote the screenplay with his 300
collaborator Kurt Johnstad, and Battle of Artemisia is meant to be in the same style as the original film. There is no word on a release date for Miller's graphic novel.
[Via Heat Vision