Yesterday, Dark Horse Comics revealed the first official art from Frank Miller's upcoming graphic novel Xerxes, a prequel to the previously released 300. It's widely believed that 300 director Zack Snyder will adapt the forthcoming tale as a feature film, though the filmmaker recently told The Los Angeles Times that such a movie will only exist if Miller's efforts prove to be "awesome and compelling."
Speaking with the same outlet, Miller revealed several new details about the story of Xerxes, which focuses much more on the titular god-king as a character than 300 was able to.
"I do my best to crawl inside his head rather than have him be this iconic force that simply commands this huge army," said Miller. "There are many scenes with him alone or just with his people. There's an extended scene set in Persepolis, for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he's shown speaking to his mother and his wife and with all of that he becomes that much more interesting as a character."
Despite his increased focus, Xerxes isn't the story's main character. Miller revealed: "The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than 300 in that it involves Xerxes' search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he [is] well on his way to godhood by the end of the story."
Although he has experience as a film director thanks to Sin City and The Spirit, Miller has no plans to get behind the lens for a possible Xerxes adaptation. "I don't do a comic book thinking there is a movie," he said. "I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be. It's up to Zack and company to make it work as a film."
As for the story's adaptation potential, producer Thomas Tull said: "We've said since the beginning that we're not just going to do some prequel or sequel -- a 301 -- just as some money-grab ... we said if it was a story that was good and it came from Frank and it was organic, that's the only way it could and would happen. So we'll see where this leads."
Source: The Los Angeles Times