With Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra now attached to Akira, Warner Bros. has handed 300: Battle of Artemisia to Noam Murro, Heat Vision reports. An official offer is expected to be made this week.
The two emerged just three weeks ago as the contenders to helm the 300 prequel, formerly known as Xerxes. Heat Vision contends the studio liked both directors and so, “in Solomon-like wisdom,” divided the two high-profile comic adaptations among them.
Based on the upcoming Dark Horse miniseries by 300 creator Frank Miller, the prequel is “a sweeping tale with gods and warriors” that takes place 10 years before Thermopylae, beginning with the legendary Battle of Marathon, which marked the end of Persia’s first invasion of Greece. Although, as the original titled suggested, the comic charts the rise of Xerxes I of Persia, Miller has said the lead character is Themistocles, the Athenian politician and general.
Director Zack Snyder and 300 collaborator Kurt Johnstad wrote the screenplay for Battle of Artemisia, which will employ the same green-screen visual effects that helped to propel the 2007 film to a $456-million global box office.
An acclaimed television commercial director, Murro made his feature-film debut in 2008 with the indie comedy-drama Smart People. He’s also set to develop the next installment of the Die Hard franchise.
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