It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything regarding Warner Bros.’ 300 spinoff, then titled Xerxes. With 300 director Zack Snyder hard at work on Man of Steel, we learned back in February that Guy Ritchie passed on the pic and since then “mum” has been the word. All of that changes now as we finally have a couple of news bits to report from the project: 1) Warner Bros. has retitled the film 300: Battle of Artemisia and 2) Noam Murro (Smart People) and Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) are considered the top candidates to helm the film. Hit the jump for details.
Word of the title change and potential directorial candidates comes by way of Deadline. While I’m sure everyone was prepared for Warner Bros. to drape the spinoff’s promotional materials with 300 reminders, the change from Xerxes to 300: Battle of Artemisia essentially removes all doubt regarding that marketing end.