Noam Murro to Direct ‘300’ Prequel

300: Battle of Artemisia gets ditches Guy Ritchie, gets the director of Smart People instead.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Back in February, the long-gestating prequel to 300 got a new director: Guy Ritchie, of Snatch and Sherlock Holmes fame. That's officially changed now, along with the title. Whereas it once was called Xerxes, and then The Untitled 300 Prequel, now Warner Bros. presents 300: Battle of Artemisia. 

Okay, we know you're trying to capitalize on the 300 name here, but it ain't like those Spartans are actually going to show up in this prequel. Maybe Xerxes is gonna eat 300 cheeseburgers or something. We dunno.

Heat Vision also reports that Noam Murro, the director of the indie-dramedy Smart People, has taken over as director after a duel with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Don't shed too many tears for him, though: his consolation prize is the American remake of Akira.

Does Noam Murro have what it takes? Probably, but we didn't see his first film (and don't know anybody who has), so we have to take it on faith for now. He must be doing something right, since he's also attached to the in-development Die Hard 5. Murro will be directing from a script by 300 director Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad.

CRAVE Online will return with more 300: Battle of Artemisia news after we finishing dining in hell.