300 Movie Publicity Still 300 222358 1400 738 Producers Mark Canton & Gianni Nunnari Talk 300: Battle of Artemisia

On the promotional campaign for ‘Immortals,’ producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari shared some details with Comingsoon on the upcoming sequel/prequel to Zach Snyder’s ’300,’ ’300: Battle of Artemisia.’ The film 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.

On The Current State Of The Project: “We have to say that Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, his writing partner, have killed it, they’ve done a tremendous job making a highly intelligent, epic story that will stand on its own. But it’s not a conventional sequel and, for what we do, that’s what you hope and pray for. That you can be original and authentic at the same time.” “It’s a work in progress… as opposed to a year ago where it was just something we wanted to do.”

On A Possible Gerald Butler’s Cameo: “It’s too early to say,” he smiled, “but we know the answer.”

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.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film.