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Warner Bros. Give ‘300’ Sequel a Proper Title

Written by on September 12, 2012 

What was once 300: Battle of Artemisia is no more. Nice as it would be, I don’t actually mean the whole production has been called off on account of cooler heads prevailing — we’ve yet to reach that point of reason in our society — but, rather, that Deadline tell us WB have gone with the less history-specific 300: Rise of an Empire. So, there is an upside to this: People won’t feel the need to Google search Greek cities, and we can continue the major studios’ strange predilection for titles which contain the word “rise” (or some variation) in their title.

The rest, as far as I can tell, remains unchanged. Noam Murro is still at the helm of a screenplay by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, while the cast is filled out by Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan— no Gerard Butler, however.

Being more of a sidequel to 300 than, as you’d actually expect, sequel or prequel, Rise of an Empire will focus on different factions operating in Greece at the time of the original, among them Santoro‘s Xerxes, Green‘s Artemisia, and O’Connell‘s Calisto, himself said to be “a teen whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was leads the 16 year old to become a leader of a small band of soldiers.” Under all of them, sepia-toned action is bound to take place and more than a few warriors are bound to be killed.

300: Rise of an Empire will be released on August 2nd, 2013.

How does this new moniker compare to the previous? Does it not really matter?

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