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New '300' Prequel Joins a Rising Trend with New Title

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Sep 13, 2012 | 5:03am EDT

ALTThere must be something about followup films that just incites the desire to rise. The developing 300 prequel, formerly titled Battle of Artemesia, has taken on a more universally approachable title: 300: Rise of an Empire. This welcomes the Ancient Greek action fable into the ranks of the other "risers" in movie followup history.

In the last three years alone, there have been a handful: the sequels The Dark Knight Rises, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and not to mention the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series pilot episode Rise of the Turtles. Hollywood is an optimistic place!

The 300 prequel is expected to follow a battle between Athens and Persia, and will feature 300's Persian king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) alongside new characters like Persian military commander Artemesia (Eva Green) and Athenian general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton). Noam Murro takes directing duties from Zack Snyder, who wrote and directed 300 and is writing the script for 300: Rise of an Empire.

[Photo Credit: Warner Bros]

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