300 leonidas Noam Murro To Direct ’300: Battle of Artemisia?

Heat Vision bring word that Warner Bros have zeroed in on Noam Murro to direct the upcoming sequel/prequel to Zach Snyder’s ’300,’ ’300: Battle of Artemisia.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director, the upcoming Die Hard 5) was supposedly vying for the gig alongside Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) – who’s reportedly in talks with Warner for the gig of adapting ‘Akira.’

’300: Battle of Artemisia’ is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC. The film will be shot with the kind of stylized period green-screen action visuals that became the signature of ’300′ and helped the film gross $456 million worldwide – big chee$e.

Previous reports had Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ’300′ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Superman: Man of Steel.’ Snyder and his wife/producing partner Debra Snyder have reportedly been hands on with the director selection process. As much as I think Murro is a talented filmaker, I feel it’s a shame Snyder won’t be directing this flick, ‘300’ was both visually unique and a tonne of fun.  Expect confirmed details soon.