300: Rise Of An Empire delayed until 2014

All You Need Is Kill also pushed back

Fans of CGI six-packs and testosterone-fuelled shouting will be disappointed to learn that Warner has pushed 300: Rise Of An Empire back until March 2014.
The sequel to 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes, will deal with events taking place at the same time as those in the first film as well as continuing the timeline further and exploring Xerxes' back-story, with the titular Persian God-king continuing his advance on Greece and finding himself facing some typically spirited resistance.
“This is not a duplicate movie or a cookie-cutter,” says director Brian Murro of the new movie. “It’s a very different story to tell in keeping with the original flavour of 300.” However, it sounds as though we’ll have to wait a little longer to see it…
The film had initially been scheduled to arrive in August of this year, but has been pushed back by more than six months to 7 March 2014. Just when we were getting geared up for some more swords, sandals and splatter!

No explanation has been given by the studio, although it’s not the only major Warner release to be shunted back through the schedule. Tom Cruise vehicle All You Need Is Kill has also been postponed, vacating its March 2014 date in favour of a new slot on 6 June 2014. 

Will you be going to see the 300 sequel when it eventually arrives? Tell us, below! 


    • jamiebates

      May 10th 2013, 9:41

      Pretty sure its a prequel not a sequel...

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    • Jareth64

      May 10th 2013, 11:17

      Yeah, a sequel would just be an hour and a half of 300 funerals. Not exactly cheery entertainment. As for the delay here....... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo!

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    • trist808

      May 10th 2013, 11:38

      I thought this was meant to be a prequel, but from the write-ups I've seen it appears to be a sequel. @Jareth64, if you remember the last shot of 300 was of an army of thousands of Greek warriors ready to take on Xerxes' forces, inspired by what the 300 soldiers had done before them. And it had David Wenham's character (Dillios) at the fore-front ending his narration of the story ... so I figure it picks up around there ... which leads to the question why call it "300" and not "10,000"? Maybe "Xerxes" (the title of the graphic novel) was considered too hard a sell and they're keeping the "300" title for brand recognition??

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    • gwales

      May 10th 2013, 13:16

      As I understand it, the events of the film will jump around a bit time-wise, with a bit of backstory in there as well as a continuation of the 300 story. Both prequel and sequel then...

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    • Hadouken76

      May 10th 2013, 17:15

      Thats a long time to wait for a film going straight to DVD...

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    • Ali1748

      May 10th 2013, 17:49

      I was beginning to wonder why there hadn't been a trailer for a film that's due out in a couple months.

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