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Noam Murro will direct 300: Battle of Artemisia

Warner Brothers has settled on Noam Murro (“Smart People”) to direct its 300 spin-off 300: Battle of Artemisia. It was previously reported that Murro was one of two directors the studio was looking at along with “Unknown” director Jaum Collet-Serra [via Heat Vision | THR]:

Artemisia is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC.

The script was co-written by “300” director/co-writer Zack Snyder and “300” co-writer Kurt Johnstad.