If you were still holding out hope that Gerard Butler might hit the battlefields of "300" once more, this time crying out "This, is, Artemisia!," then it's time to let go of those wishes and accept reality: King Leonidas is really and truly gone.
In a recent interview with MTV News, Butler confirmed that he will have nothing to do with "300: Battle of Artemisia," scheduled to hit theaters in August 2013.
"Oh yeah, I'm not doing it," he said. "They're filming [the '300' sequel] right now. I wish them the best, but it didn't [work out]. It wasn't really my thing."
Fans of Zack Snyder's gritty, highly stylized slo-mo-tastic "300" have been long awaiting a sequel to the surprise 2006 hit. Thanks to recent reports from producer Bernie Goldmann, it seems that the next chapter, to be directed by Noam Murro, isn't too far off. Goldmann hinted that while the sequel will feature a whole new cast of characters, there might be room for small cameos by "300" stars Gerard Butler and Lena Headey.
When MTV News caught up with Butler during the press day for his upcoming action drama "Machine Gun Preacher," we asked him for his thoughts on the sequel and reprising the role of King Leonidas.
"You know more than I do. I'm like, 'Oh there's a director now?' I've heard that I'm in the script. I've heard things, I've seen things, I've flown off the moon," he joked throwing in a "Blade Runner" reference to throw us off track. "That was my way of avoiding [the question]," he added with a smile.
Given the events of "300," it's not a shock to hear that King Leonidas won't be playing much of a role in the developing sequel, "300: Battle of Artemisia." But his days on the battlefield aren't entirely over, it seems.
Speaking with Movies.com, producer Bernie Goldmann revealed that "Battle of Artemisia" will focus largely on a new set of characters and actors, but there are "small parts" for Gerard Butler and Lena Headey, who starred in Zack Snyder's war epic as King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo.
But their presence would be much smaller compared to bigger appearances from new lead actors, many of whom are likely to be played by relative unknowns.
Gerard Butler isn't likely to reprise his role as King Leonidas for "Xerxes," director Zack Snyder's planned sequel to "300" — not unless he's appearing in a flashback, or as a zombie Spartan for that matter — but that doesn't mean that the Scottish actor is done swimming in the comic book pool.
According to Deadline, Butler is in talks with Relativity Media to star in "Afterburn," the production company's adaptation of the Red 5 Comics series created by Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood.
In addition to Butler's possible involvement, Relativity is reportedly looking to hire "Training Day" filmmaker Antoine Fuqua to fill out the director's chair. Read More...
Back in 2007, Gerard Butler broke through with "300" and seemed like he had the chops, physique and charm to become some kind of a modern Sean Connery-meets-Clint Eastwood type. Sure enough, Hollywood jumped on the Butler train immediately and signed him for everything from the "Untouchables" prequel to "Gamer" to romantic flicks like “P.S. I Love You” and “The Ugly Truth.”
With apologies to my wife–who seems to think “P.S. I Love You” is the most touching piece of film this side of our child’s birth video–I miss the Frank Miller-Gerard Butler tandem. So, when we caught up with the super-busy star recently, we had to ask: Is he ever going to work with the graphic novel legend again?
“I could see myself working with Frank again,” explained the "Law Abiding Citizen" star. “But, I don’t know. Graphic novels are things that I wouldn’t do a lot of, so I would have to really choose carefully before I did.” Read More...
A sequel to “300” is ludicrous, unwarranted, impossible—and perhaps somewhat brilliant. Which is why everyone from Frank Miller to Zack Snyder toMark Canton avoid killing the proposed sequel, but nonetheless insist that if Miller can make it work, they’re in. Now, count in another co-collaborator: King Leonidas.
“I had an incredible time doing the first one, and I think that if the first one was a stand-alone, as a one-off, there’s no bad thing in that,” explained Gerard Butler when we caught up with him recently, saying he’d be willing to bring his character back to life—even if it meant re-animating arguably the most dead person in movie history (remember all those spears?). “But, you know, let’s see what it might bring forward with a second one.” Read More...
Three years ago, “300” Spartans dined in hell -- and judging by the more than $200 million the film grossed domestically, a lot of fans found their meal to be quite delicious. But -- spoiler alert! -- since almost everyone died at the end, can there ever be a sequel? And if so, would director Zack Snyder be interested in getting behind the camera?
With one simple word, Snyder addressed all of the above: “Sure,” he grinned.
About a year ago, news broke that Frank Miller was developing a “300” quasi-sequel. Snyder, who was in Las Vegas this week to pick up a Director of the Year award at ShoWest, revealed that he has indeed heard Miller’s idea for a graphic novel about the events that followed the key battle of “300” -- and he likes it. Read More...
You know "Watchmen" is going to be dark. Now it looks like its tandem DVD-release pirate story may be even darker. Last year, the New York Times reported that Warner Bros. would be releasing two of the “Watchmen” graphic novel’s stories-within-the-story as their own DVD feature. Today, it looks the pirate comic within the comic, “Tales of the Black Freighter,” may have earned an R rating from the MPAA, according to RopeofSilicon.com.
Warner Bros. has been breaking out loads of extra “Watchmen” content ahead of the film’s March 6 release date, which may be dangling by a thread. And anyone who’s been watching the trailers knows director Zack Snyder fully intends to flesh out original writer Alan Moore’s bleak portrait on superheroes. Read More...
"300” star Gerard Butler said he's heard studio chatter about Zack Snyder's blockbuster adaptation becoming a franchise, but he's skeptical of how a prequel or sequel to the film might develop.
Asked by SuperHeroHype about the likelihood of another film set in the pseudo-historical world of "300," Butler said he's "heard some backroom chatter, but nothing more."
After the wildly popular adaptation of a Frank Miller graphic novel made director Zack Snyder a sought-after property in Hollywood, Snyder and "300” producers have mentioned the possibility of making the film the first in a series. However, given the self-contained nature of the story and its conclusion, even Butler was a bit uncertain about how such a return to the world of "300” would be possible.
"I can't see it myself -- sequel for me absolutely not, but I just mean the idea generally, I'm really not sure which way they would go with that," Butler told SuperHeroHype.
Should "300” get a prequel or a sequel? What do you think?
Walking around Comic-Con, and talking to the fans in attendance, it's clear there are only two movies coming out next year: "Watchmen" and "Everything Else." Such is the anticipation level for Zack Snyder's adaptation of what is generally considered the greatest graphic novel ever written. Could it possibly get any higher?
Try this on for size, Gerard Butler opined from atop the San Diego Convention Center: "The script is one of the most perfect scripts I've ever read," he said. "One of the most beautifully written, interesting scripts." Oh wait, he wasn't actually referring to the "Watchmen" script. He was referring to 20 PAGES of it that didn't even make it to the movie!
To be more specific, he was of course referring to "The Tales of the Black Freighter," the comic within the comic in the "Watchmen" universe, which will find its way as an animated short onto the "Watchmen" DVD. But does he wish it was in the movie proper? Read More...