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Sunday, October 5, 2008

300 Sequel/Prequel Storyline Revealed!

By Stephanie Sanchez,IESB.NET
October 1,2008

When does the second 300 film take place? Director Zack Snyder spills the beans to IESB's Robert Sanchez!

The release of 300 back in 2007, marked the biggest opening weekend ever in March and was the third biggest opening for an R-rated film ever. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film was based on the graphic novel of the same name was written and illustrated by Frank Miller.

With the successful reception the film received, it's no wonder that a sequel has been on the minds of fans everywhere. The studio, Warner Bros., and producers agree and are apparently waiting for a story from Miller to move forward.

The big question for fans seems to be if the 300 sequel/prequel is in fact a sequel or a prequel? Well, Snyder tells us, honestly, both.

IESB's Robert Sanchez spoke with Zack Snyder at the WATCHMEN preview held in Hollywood for press today.

At the end of the Q&A session following a screening of the footage (which by the way was mind blowing and we will have much more on later), a journalist asked if the actors for Watchmen had a sequel clause.

In short, Snyder said he didn't know if they did, but said there could not be a sequel or a prequel to Watchmen. He continued that if there was, he would not be a part of it.

This was a great segue for Sanchez to address the 300 sequel talk as he met up with the director for an impromptu conversation at the bar during the cocktail reception following the event.

So when does the second 300 film take place?

In short, Snyder says he's spoken with Frank Miller who will be writing and drawing the graphic novel that the second film will be based on. Upon Miller's completion of the book, then, and only then, will they delve into writing a script for the movie.

Snyder continued and said he would not have any input into the novel and wants it to be a creation of Miller's 100%.

Snyder also said it will take place between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea, the battle that narrator Dilios is at while re-telling the story of King Leonidas and the mighty Spartans to a new group of warriors at the end of 300.

As Dilios says, there's a whole year between Thermopylae and where he currently stands, in his final monologue he states,

“And so my king died, and my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my king's cryptic talk of victory. Time has proven him wise, for from free Greek to free Greek, the word was spread that bold Leonidas and his three hundred, so far from home, laid down their lives. Not just for Sparta, but for all Greece and the promise this country holds.

Now, here on this ragged patch of earth called Plataea, Xerxes's hordes face obliteration!

Just there the barbarians huddle, sheer terror gripping tight their hearts with icy fingers... knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered at the swords and spears of three hundred. Yet they stare now across the plain at 10,000 Spartans commanding thirty thousand free Greeks! HA-OOH!”

There is a whole year between the battles to explore. And that is where we will find this film.

I would assume Dilios has a large part in it with hopefully David Wenham coming back to reprise his role.

Snyder also told IESB that would definitely direct this sequel/prequel and is looking forward to Miller's completion of the book.

Stay tuned to the IESB for the latest news!

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