MTV caught up with writer/director Zack Snyder at the Sucker Punch premiere and got some updates on Xerxes. He confirms that he and his writing partner Kurt Johnstadt have finished the script but isn't sure if he'll direct. There had been rumors that Guy Ritchie was in talks with Warners Bros. to direct.
Snyder was also asked if Superman runner up Joe Manganiello (True Blood) would be in the film. Zack liked the idea but also said Joe was a busy man. The film would focus on Themistocles which could be a good role for Joe. Gerard Bulter could return as Leonidas if the script allows.
"This one starts off with a quick retelling of the why of the Persian wars. It starts off at the Battle of Marathon and then it goes back to Themistocles finding out that Persians are invading again. And off we go over to learn a little bit about why Xerxes is the way he is."