Warner Bros. pulled 300: Rise of an Empire from its 2013 release calendar earlier this summer. It was originally set to hit theaters August 2, but now it won't drop until March 7, 2014, the disclosed reason being that the film wasn't ready for a 2013 release, but that it was "on track to become all that audiences have come to expect from the franchise." How on track was it? Well, just watch the first trailer for the film to find out.
Directed by Noam Murro (Smart People) and produced by 300 director Zack Snyder, Rise of an Empire is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Snyder's film. It's being pitched as a sort of tangential story that takes place before, during and after the events of the first film. That makes it a tad more interesting than a traditional follow-up, but don't expect any other radical experiments here.
This trailer makes it pretty clear that Murro's film is taking every tonal and visual cue it can from Snyder's. If you love 300, that's probably a great thing. If you don't, well, you may just want to move along, since this looks precisely like more of the same.