Zack Snyder Describes Xerxes and Responds to a Superman Rumor
10.15.10 by Ryan
Things are getting pretty busy for director Zack Snyder these days. In addition to Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole currently in theaters, and Sucker Punch coming to theaters in March of 2011, Snyder has two more projects on the horizon: the Superman reboot that Christopher Nolan is producing and Xerxes, the follow-up to Snyder's adaptation of Frank Miller's 300. Snyder has said that Xerxes is neither a prequel or a sequel, but will follow the Battle of Artemisium, which took place concurrently with the events in 300. Snyder told Greek site Athinorama (via Collider) that he is "working on it right now" and mentioned that, unlike the land-battles of 300, Xerxes will take place primarily in the sea.
It'll be fun because it'll be a big sea battle. We're doing all these sequences were the triremes all crash together and the battlefield is all the boats crashing together so the men run across the ships as they're fighting, so that should be fun. And horses and everything. It’s crazy.
Miller's comic book mini-series is due out next year, and, according to the report, sounds different than Snyder's take on the subject matter, as Miller's series takes place over 10 years and involves gods.
Before Snyder will start shooting Xerxes, however, he will have to finish Superman. Based on a story from writer David Goyer, not much is known about the plot of the Superman reboot. A report from Vulture last week stated that the movie would involve alter ego Clark Kent "traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman," while rumors continue to spread that General Zod (played by Terence Stamp in Superman II) would be the villain in the upcoming reboot. In response to the rumors, Snyder cryptically responded to Italian site Bad Taste.
For now it's just a rumor.
Snyder's Superman is tentatively scheduled to reach theaters on December 2012.