Noam Murro will direct the
prequel, officially titled
300: Battle Of Artemisia
, for Warner Bros.
Murro's only feature credit to date is indie drama
, but he is also attached to
Die Hard 5
, so the powers that be are obviously confident that he can handle action.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros deliberated between Murro and Jaum Collet-Serra (
) for the gig, before opting to hand the
remake to the latter.
spin-off has been mooted ever since Zack Snyder's Frank Miller adaptation took mega-bucks at the box office
Miller is thought to be readying a prequel to his comic book series, which is expected to be released at some point this year. It was going to be called
, but as the film has dropped that title, it wouldn't surprise us if the book followed suit.
Xerxes will come to the forefront in the new movie, as he leads the Persian army against an Athenian warlord.
Snyder was once set to direct the prequel, but it seems his
Man Of Steel
commitments are now prohibiting that. Snyder wrote the script with
's Kurt Johnstad.
There's currently no word on an expected release date.