Noam Murro to direct 300 prequel Battle Of Artemisia

It's no longer called Xerxes

Noam Murro will direct the 300 prequel, officially titled 300: Battle Of Artemisia, for Warner Bros.

Murro's only feature credit to date is indie drama Smart People, but he is also attached to Die Hard 5, so the powers that be are obviously confident that he can handle action.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros deliberated between Murro and Jaum Collet-Serra (Unknown) for the gig, before opting to hand the Akira remake to the latter.

A 300 spin-off has been mooted ever since Zack Snyder's Frank Miller adaptation took mega-bucks at the box office

Miller is thought to be readying a prequel to his comic book series, which is expected to be released at some point this year. It was going to be called Xerxes, but as the film has dropped that title, it wouldn't surprise us if the book followed suit.

Xerxes will come to the forefront in the new movie, as he leads the Persian army against an Athenian warlord.

Snyder was once set to direct the prequel, but it seems his Man Of Steel commitments are now prohibiting that. Snyder wrote the script with 300's Kurt Johnstad.

There's currently no word on an expected release date.

Keen on a 300 prequel? Or couldn't care less? Let us know…


    • Trickycustomer

      Jul 17th 2011, 11:59

      hopes its good

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    • murphy

      Jul 17th 2011, 12:03

      Not getting too excited about this untill i see a bit more about it like who will be cast and what sort of style it will be filmed in, i liked the style of 300 i thought Snyder did quite a good job of transfering the style of the graphic novel to the big screen,but slightly worried for this new director because if he tries to do the same thing he might be labelled as a Zack Snyder wannabe,and if he tries to make it totally different then people will complain that it doesn't stay true to the source material so either way he's got a hard job to do if he's to nail this! So good luck with that Mr Murro!

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 17th 2011, 19:13

      Anyone know when the novel might be released ?

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