The first images from the 300 follow-up, 300: Rise of an Empire, do look remarkably consistent with the style of the first film. Kudos to director Noam Murro and company for chasing that exact same racing line.
I wonder, however, if this is what they should have done.
The two pics in this story come from USA Today, where there’s a few quotes from Murro and star Sullivan Stapleton too. That’s Stapleton on the top left.
A lot of that article focuses on how this new film is both similar and different to the last one. That’s the magic recipe for an appealing sequel.
In the parallel film 300: Rise of an Empire, which takes place at about the same time as its predecessor, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his common-man troops fight the rest of the Persian army at sea.
The aquatic setting allows for a completely new dynamic — even if both films take their stylized look from the original graphic novel by Frank Miller.
Empire “is tied visually to the original,” says director Noam Murro, but with so much happening within small boats, “there is a whole different choreography of fighting and war.”
And on the subject of Eva Green’s chief villainess, Artemisia, Murro says:
She’s got sex appeal, she’s ruthless and conniving. All the things that kill men. And she has a sword. I wouldn’t mess with her.
Sex appeal never killed a man. Or a woman.
Anyway, I’m surprised there isn’t an image of Green to go with the story, but there isn’t. I’m sure she’ll be getting her own poster image before too long.
300: Rise of an Empire will be out in the US on August 2nd. I wonder if it will elicit the same accusations of fascism as still dog the last picture? What’s more, I wonder if it will deserve them?