Frank Miller and the filmmakers behind “300” are looking for a return to the battlefields of antiquity — and, no doubt, to the arenas of pop-culture controversy.
Three years ago, the sword-and-sandal adventure “300” became a surprise sensation with moviegoers — it set box-office records for a March release and became the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2007 — and delivered career breakthroughs for actor Gerard Butler and director Zack Snyder. But the movie, which was based on the comic books written and drawn by Miller, also triggered an unlikely international incident with its portrayal of the Persian leader Xerxes the bloody Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Those foes and critics of “300” will not be enthused to hear that Tuesday, Miller released the first artwork from his upcoming book — a “300” prequel entitled “Xerxes.” More than that…
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I am a proud owner of the graphic novel ‘300’ by Frank Miller. The movie of the same name stayed true to the novel and if Miller makes Xerxes anything close to what ‘300’ was, we are sure to be seeing a ‘Xerxes’ movie in the not so distance future.
Are you a fan of Frank Miller and ‘300’? How do you think a prequel will go over with fans?