'300' sequel scoop: Guy Ritchie NOT directing

Guy Ritchie will not be directing Xerxes, the sequel to the 2007 surprise blockbuster 300, a Warner Bros. spokesperson tells EW. Reports that the Sherlock Holmes director had been formally offered the job are “an erroneous rumor,” according to the rep.

300 director Zack Snyder, meanwhile, is currently occupied working on the new Superman movie, which is due to start shooting this summer and hit theaters late next year, effectively preventing Snyder from taking the directing reigns of Xerxes until 2012. Whether Xerxes could hold until Snyder would be available is unclear: The project — based, like 300, on a Frank Miller graphic novel — remains in active development but has not yet been greenlit.

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  • max

    Considering that Zack Snyder wrote the script for Xerxes and poured his soul into developing it for years, I’m glad WB isn’t pulling a douche move of yanking it away from Snyder.

  • John C.

    Leave well enough alone. 300 doesn’t need a sequel.

    • jmcg

      I agree; it should probably be a stand alone project. Anyway, didn’t snyder portray Xerxes as a somewhat effeminate, androgynus, giant murderous tyrant? Who wants to watch that as the main character?

  • junior

    Noone but Snyder shoule dirct Xerxes. 300 was a once in a lifetime fluke. Great movie, great directing and a perfect cast. Let well enougth alone

    • Allison

      I don’t know if you don’t want “Xerxes” made at all, or if you only want it made if Snyder directs, but I agree that “300″ was pretty perfect.

  • Brett

    What are they thinking? This is NOT a franchise, NOT at all…

  • JP

    Leave it to Snyder. . . I am worried about him having to tone down his R-rated type of demeanor as it is with the upcoming Superman flick. Would be a shame for Zach Snyder to become the next victim where artistic integrity falls to commercialism. . .

  • Steve

    You r awesome!!!!

    • Steve

      Thanks!!!!

  • Steve

    I mean myself is awesome.

    • Nikkita

      SUCK WAT,STEVE?

  • Steve

    Suck it!!!!!

  • TeoNYC

    Sequel? They’re all dead at the end… Xerxes sounds more like a spin-off. And not a great character to base it on. A prequel or another historically-based epic would be better and cause fewer comparisons.

    • CJ

      I’m in complete agreement with this

  • 8vius

    Xerxes is a prequel, it will tell his story and his rise to power as far as i know

  • Brett

    Hey, let Frank Miller direct! After all, wasn’t his version of “The Spirit” just box-office gold?

  • Grumpster

    300 sucked royally…not going to bother with a sequel.

  • Jane

    ITS NOT A SEQUEL,.. ITS A PREQUEL

  • skil

    A sequel to all three hundred that died? Freaking story is prefabricated anyway so what deference would it make for sequel.

  • gopal panicker

    that 300 was a commercial success was a triumph of ignorance.portraying persians as africans was racist and offensive.remember cyrus freed the jews from babylon.the spartans were brave but they were from a sterile military state.can you name one piece of literature or idea from sparta?the persian state was liberal and tolerant.

    • Vince

      Youre an idiot you would have to compare Greece as a whole not just Sparta and I think the Greeks would have you and Persia trumped. btw you are racist for suggesting being African is an insult. Douche Bag!

      • gopal panicker

        i can insult too moron.the persians are white aryans and dont like to be portrayed as seven foot tall africans.you are a goddam illiterate idiot.

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