After the Watchmen preview yesterday, IESB spoke to Zack Snyder, asking him about the 300 prequel/sequel that was supposedly in the works.
Surprisingly, he had a little input on it!
Snyder says that the film will be sort of a prequel AND a sequel, taking place in the year between the end of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea, which is the massive battle between Xerxes’ Persians and 10,000 Spartans PLUS 30,000 Greeks. This technically makes it a sequel; we only saw but a slight glimpse at that last battle and this will pick up after the core story of the first film ended.
This is both really good news and really bad news.
Bad news first — this means we’re not likely to get Gerard Butler back as Leonidas, which is why most fans wanted a prequel.
Good news is that we might actually get to see the insanity that the last battle looked like it would be right before the movie ended. This too is what many fans wanted to see! I mean, come on, it could have been the coolest battle scene in cinematic history, it’s almost mandatory we get it in some form. I don’t even care if they released a completely story-less, direct-to-DVD version of the battle just so I can witness the destruction of that bastard, Xerxes.
Sadly, again, it is one or the other and it looks like it will be the Battle of Plataea. Why can’t we have our cake and eat it? Flashbacks maybe? Too cheesy?
Don’t get your hopes up to see this any time soon, though. Snyder is leaving all creative choices to Frank Miller, who is writing and drawing the graphic novel for which the sequel will be based. Simply put… we need to wait for the graphic novel to be written, drawn, and released before anyone even begins to work on the script.
This could be a while.