While Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead was the first movie that introduced him to Hollywood, 300 was the movie that introduced him to the world. It was a breakout hit that no one saw coming. Almost a shot-for-shot adaptation from the graphic novel, the movie crushed at the box office and launched Snyder into the spotlight.
There was a sequel, not helmed by Snyder, that did not do nearly as well, but there were talks that Snyder wanted to come back for the third installment. Recently, Snyder told The Playlist that Warner Bros. was interested in continuing the franchise. They were so serious that Snyder wrote a script for the third entry while being locked down during the pandemic.
“I just couldn’t really get my teeth into it..." he said. "Over the pandemic, I had a deal with Warner Bros. and I wrote what was essentially going to be the final chapter in 300. But when I sat down to write it I actually wrote a different movie. I was writing this thing about Alexander the Great, and it just turned into a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. It turned out to be a love story. So it really didn’t fit in as the third movie.”
I couldn't imagine the audience's faces if they sat down for slaughter and instead watched two famous rulers fall in love. But I am sure Snyder could have found a way to include some war in a story about Alexander the Great.
Snyder continued, “There was that concept, and it came out really great. It’s called Blood and Ashes, and it’s a beautiful love story, really, with warfare. I would love to do it, [WB] said no… you know, they’re not huge fans of mine. It is what it is.”
I think Snyder is probably right in saying that he and WB won't be in business together any time soon. But it sounds like those characters are in the public domain, so maybe he could take out the 300 elements and do the movie somewhere else.
Snyder may have other plans. Word on the street is that he's working on a movie about the Arthurian legend, and who knows if Army of the Dead will demand further installments for Netflix as well.
What would you like to see Snyder tackle next? Let us know in the comments.