The Prequel to 300 Changes Its Name. Again.

The follow-up to Zack Snyder's blockbuster was Xerxes, then 300: The Battle of Artemisia. So what's it called now...?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


It's been a long time since we've heard any news about the Untitled 300 Prequel. We mean Xerxes. No wait, we mean 300: The Battle of Artemisia. Dang, this is confusing. It's a good thing we don't have to keep any more of these titles straight, so we can…

Ugh… They changed it again, didn't they?

Yes, it seems that Noam Murro's 300 movie is getting another, more generic title in what we can only assume is an effort not to turn off casual audiences who, probably, have no idea where Artemisia is. (It's in Greece, by the way). Warner Bros. has announced, via Coming Soon, that Murro's film will now be called 300: Rise of an Empire. It doesn't hurt that sequels with "Empire" in the title have a pretty decent history at the box office as well.

300: Rise of an Empire is due in theaters on August 2, 2013, and is now reportedly about Themistocles, a Greek general who fought off the Persian army more-or-less simultaneously with the events of the previous film, which as based on Frank Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartan warriors (and a bunch of other guys, for a while) staved off the entire invading Persian Empire, giving the rest of Greece time to properly defend themselves. But if it takes place at the same time, it's not a prequel anymore, or even a sequel for that matter. Is this a paraquel? Does that even exist?

CraveOnline wil be back with more 300: Rise of an Empire news after it strikes back.