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300 prequel Xerxes gets new title + Director list narrowed to two

The “300” prequel/spinoff film previously known as “Xerxes” has been retitled 300: Battle of ArtemisiaDeadline reports. The site also says that the producers have narrowed their list of potential directors down to just two names: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. The project was originally going to be directed by “300” director Zack Snyder, but he backed out after being offered “Man of Steel”. Snyder, however, remains involved in the project including the director selection process. He also wrote the script with his “300” co-writer Kurt Johnstad. Like the original, it’s based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. Here are some plot details courtesy Deadline:

Xerxes was the Persian leader seen in 300. Miller’s graphic novel told the story of how Xerxes became this peculiar god-like entity. That mythology goes back to the death of his father, Darius, from injuries sustained at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. Darius had told his son not to attack the Greeks because they can only be punished by a god, and so Xerxes tried to transform himself into a deity to gain revenge.