Frank Miller and Makers of 300 to Make XERXES Prequel
Frank Miller, whose comic books inspired the movie 300, is hoping to team up with filmmakers from that project to create a prequel to the 2007 hit film according to Hero Complex. The film would be titled XERXES and focus more closely on the Persian leader who led the Persian Empire at the time of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Dark Horse Comics will release a six comic book series for the tale of Xerxes beginning next year. If director Zack Snyder and producer Thomas Tull are as enthused with the full tale as they have been to date with Miller’s already released sketches from the book, they have said a prequel film would be inevitable. Dark Horse Comics published Miller’s 300 as a five-issue mini-series in 1998.
The feature film 300 drew widespread criticism in Iran, the center of the former Persian Empire. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Academy of the Arts filed a formal complaint through the United Nations claiming the movie was nothing less than an attack on the historical identity of a nation. Both took particular exception with the portrayal of Xerxes in the film as leering and androgynous while the Persian army appeared to be no more than a demonic horde.