Guy Ritchie offered 300 sequel Xerxes directing job


Guy Ritchie has been approached by Warner Bros with an offer to helm Xerxes , the battle-heavy sequel to Zack Snyder’s historical 300 .

Considering the WB already have Snyder on their payroll, it’s a surprise they didn’t go to him first. But word has it that the director is too busy attempting to fix third act problems on his fast-tracked Superman to have his attention split.

Hence Ritchie’s been given a call. Though he’s yet to officially sign on to the film, the offer’s apparently on the table.

As recently as October, Snyder was talking excitedly about the project, which he’s scripted, revealing the following about the film’s naval battle scenes:

“We’re doing all these sequences where the triremes all crash together and the battlefield is all the boats crashing together so the men run across the ships as they’re fighting, so that should be fun. And horses and everything. It’s crazy.”

After helming Sherlock Holmes 2 , could Ritchie be lured by the concept of such "crazy" battles? We’ll see.

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