February 15, 2011

Guy Ritchie Offered 300 Prequel Xerxes

Vulture reports that Warner Bros. has offered Guy Ritchie the directing gig on Xerxes the 300 prequel which will also be written by creator Frank Miller. Zack Snyder had initially been tapped as the director but likely had to drop out to focus all his energy into making Superman and possible sequels.

Ritchie is becoming a main director at the studio similar to Christopher Nolan and Snyder directing two Sherlock Holmes films. He is no stranger to comic book films as he was attached to direct both Sgt. Rock and Lobo based on DC Comic properties for Warner Bros. previously. The two projects have been stuck in limbo and Ritchie has moved on with his Holmes franchise. Robert Downey Jr. will be busy filming Avengers and Iron Man 3 in the next year or two. So I doubt Sherlock 3 would be his next film making this a great project for Guy to take on. I think it's beyond different from everything else he's done before and it would be a return to R-rated material.

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