Get ready for more barechested, brauny, fascistic action: after almost four years in development hell it looks like Xerxes, the prequel to 2007’s R-rated action megasmash 300, has a new director. Zack Snyder’s too busy with Superman: The Man of Steel to helm the production as planned (and Warner Bros. is reportedly less than enthused by the box office reports for his last two flicks, The Watchmen and The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole), so The Vulture is reporting that they have instead offered the directorial duties to none other than Sherlock Holmes‘ Guy Ritchie. That makes sense. He likes putting macho shirtless men in his movies too.
Xerxes is expected to be the story of… wait for it… Xerxes, the big bad from 300 who had his ass handed to him by 300 guys in loinclothes despite a vast army of expert assassins and tricked-out rhinoceroses. Might be hard to build rooting interest in a guy like that, but oh well. The film is supposed to be an adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel by the same name, but considering the fact that Frank has yet to release the damned thing they may be moving forward anyway, or delaying production indefinitely until he gets ‘er done.
CraveOnline will be back with more Xerxes news as it pierces our flesh with ridiculous quantities of gold bling.