Warner Renames 'XERXES' to '300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA' & Cuts Director Candidates to 2!

Zack Snyder originally intended to take Frank Miller's prequel to 300, titled Xerxes to the big screen as his follow up to Sucker Punch [2011] but then Superman: Man of Steel came along. Snyder had co-written the Xerxes script with his 300 cohort Kurt Johnstad, just like 300 it was heavily based on a Miller's graphic novel. Once Snyder bailed the studios were left in the lurch to find a replacement for their 300 spin off asap. Things went quiet and nothing much happened until now. Deadline report that the Producer's of Xerxes have renamed the movie to 300: Battle of Artemisia and have narrowed their choice of director down to 2 candidates.

Hit the jump for the details.The Producers of 300: Battle of Artemisia have also narrowed their directors down to 2 candidates: Noam Murro & Jaume Collet-Serra. Deadline state:

Murro's sole directing credit is the Sarah Jessica Parker-starrer Smart People for Miramax, but his calling card for big scale movie making is his commercials work on campaigns that include the Halo video game. He’s a five time DGA nominated commercials director, won two Golden Lions at Cannes and last year signed a deal to develop to direct the next Die Hard film at 20th Century Fox. 

Collett-Serra directed the sleeper hit Unknown for Warner Bros, and he's prepping to direct Red Circle for Working Title and StudioCanal. He's also developing the vampire tale Harker with Appian Way at Warner Bros. 

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