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Warner Brothers offers Guy Ritchie 300 follow-up Xerxes

Vulture is reporting that Warner Brothers has offered Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes”) Xerxes, the follow-up to “300”. Like its predecessor, Xerxes is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name.

Vulture speculates that this means one of two things for Snyder, who directed the 2007 hit and had written the script for Xerxes:

One theory is that Warner Bros. needs Snyder to bear down on Superman stat: Insiders say the closely-guarded script for Superman suffers from major third-act problems, and the studio faces a ticking clock on that franchise, legally speaking; if a Superman film isn’t in production by 2013, Warner Bros. loses the rights to the entire Superman franchise and would have to re-license it from its original creators — the estates of Detective Comics writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — at great if not prohibitive expense.

But there’s another theory: At a recent Warner Bros.—conducted audience research screening of Snyder’s Sucker Punch, the film tested poorly. Says one insider familiar with it, “It was bad; like, really bad. They’re [Warners brass] really not happy with it over there.”