Frank Miller Talks 300 Prequel XERXES

I’m one of sadly very few who actually enjoyed Zack Snyder’s 300 and more just wanted to rip it apart. Talk of an follow up to the movie has been on the horizion for a very long time But Snyder has said himself its all down to Frank Miller if he wants to do another graphic Novel but it seems now the artist has written along with drawn a good part of the novel. Speaking to Collider Frank Miller talks frankly about Xerxes the follow up graphic novel to 300:

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.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

In Greek history The Battle of Marathon is regarded as one of the epic battle of the country and to think of the scale and having this battleon the big screen this would be so spectacular in a bigger scale to Peter Jackson’s Return Of The King battle scenes. To make things more spectacular the talk of Themistocles to be included in the movie and as the possible main character brings a extradimension to the future movie, Themistocles was one of Greece’s greatest leaders whose life did however end in scandal.

Miller does say the story will be more complexed than 300 and it seems the Athenian Navy the country’s first naval fleet will play an important part in the movie too with the fleets inclusion in the Battle of Artemisium which lookslikely to be the books climax which ties nicely into 300 as this ends the day 300 movie storyline starts.

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.

We’re doing all these sequences where the triremes all crash together and the battlefield is all the boats crashing together so the men run across the ships as they’re fighting, so that should be fun.  And horses and everything.  It’s crazy.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.

Despite the 300’s popularity throughout the world, its still caused offense to some nations and in Iran where Xerxes origins come from and now movie two we will seemore of the character it will be curious to see the outcome this time, Iran is also one of the countries that came under Asia Minor the nation the Persians came from.

Yes, I suppose it will be seen as provocative, but really to me he is such a pivotal character and in this story I get to explain him so much more fully. I do my best to crawl inside his head rather than have him be this iconic force that simply commands this huge army. There are many scenes with him alone or just with his people. There’s an extended scene set in Persepolis, for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he’s shown speaking to his mother and his wife and with all of that he becomes that much more interesting as a character.

At the moment theres no plans on who and when Xerxes will be out in the cinema as Miller is busying finihing the novel and Snyder is to busy creating Superman:Man Of Steel movie. There is however if Snyder will actually create the the comicbook into a movie and Hero Complex have stated Snyder has said before he has no intention of directing the movie despite seeing pages of the graphic novel.

source Collider

 

 

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