Producer Mark Canton Talks 300 Follow-Up (Formerly Titled) Xerxes; Will Zack Snyder Still Direct?
04.06.11 by Ryan
Before Zack Snyder became the director of Warner Bros.' Superman reboot, the director was talking about helming Xerxes, a sequel to his 2007 hit movie, 300. Like 300, Xerxes was to be based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller.
Snyder revealed last July that he and co-screenwriter Kurt Johnstad were using Miller's comic book frames for reference to write the screenplay while Miller worked on the graphic novel, and, in September, said that Xerxes would take place concurrently with the events depicted in 300.
In October, already attached to Superman, Snyder discussed the sea battles of Xerxes, and, recently, Snyder admitted to MTV that he and Johnstad had "finished the script," though he wasn't sure if he would be the one to direct it. "If I have time," said Snyder.
The latest Xerxes news comes from 300 producer Mark Canton, who told MTV that Xerxes is no longer Xerxes.
"It's not called Xerxes anymore," said Canton, though when asked about the new title, he said; "We don’t know yet." Canton revealed that he's pleased with the script for the now untitled movie.
I can say that it’s been worth the wait. You know, that group of people [who worked on 300], we’re really a family. That’s part of what made that movie so gratifying. Rather than doing the bad sequel we . . . took our time. And now I think we have something that is going to be fantastic.
As for Snyder's participation, Canton's response was...confusing.
You, know, Warners is pretty savvy, and with [Warner Bros. president] Jeff Robinov taking over, this fits in his wheelzone, I think that...soon we’ll know what we’re doing. But I don’t see us waiting two years to make the movie and Zack is very much at the helm of it at the same time.
While Canton says he doesn't "see us waiting two years to make the movie" he alternately says that Snyder is "very much at the helm" of the movie, though, obviously with Superman taking up much of his time, it would appear that Snyder will be too busy, at east for the next couple years that Canton says he doesn't want to wait in. Also, a "wheelzone"?
Whether Snyder or someone else directs, Canton sees the movie still maintaining its signature visual style.
I think that’s one of the things is you have to be faithful. We have to do that with 300. Anything less will not satisfy us or the audience. It ain’t gonna happen.
So if Snyder's style will be kept, shouldn't Canton wait until Snyder can direct it? A clearer answer about Snyder's involvement from Canton came during an Immortals panel at last weekend's WonderCon, SuperHeroHype reports. "I can't say," said Canton.
I mean, he's got Superman. He's busy. We're busy. I don't think we're going to wait two years. But we'll work together with him and figure out who the filmmaker should be if he doesn't direct it.