" style="display: none;">'300' Spin-off Looks to Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra to Direct

'300' Spin-off Looks to Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra to Direct

Jun 28, 2011

The 300 spin-off formerly known as Xerxes – named after the god who was King of Persia in Zack Snyder's film (played by Rodrigo Santoro) – is now being called 300: Battle of Artemisia. There's another struggle going on, though, and that's narrowing down the choices for the film's director – which includes Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra, according to Deadline.

Battle of Artemisia will tell the story of how Xerxes was transformed into an avenging deity. The story surrounds the death of his father, Darius, who was mortally wounded during the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. Darius had warned his son that the Greeks could only be punished by a god, which is why a distraught Xerxes summons the mystics to transform him so he can seek revenge. The film also follows the Greek military commander, Themistocles, and the Battle of Artemisia.

While Zack Snyder has switched gears and is now working on Man of Steel, he submitted his script – co-written with Kurt Johnstad – for the sequel. 300's producers have been working with Snyder through the directorial selection process and are looking to Smart People director Murro and Unknown director Collet-Serra as strong possibilities. Both men have a commercial background – with Murro responsible for the Halo videogame campaign and Collet-Serra having done work for music videos. Murro's currently working on developing the next installment in the Die Hard series, while Collet-Serra is getting ready to tackle Red Circle and the vampire saga, Harker.

Knowing all this, who do you think has the chops to pull off the CGI-heavy mythology-action tale? Weigh in with your pick below.

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