Frank Miller Unveils '300' Prequel, 'Xerxes'

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Last year, Frank Miller revealed that he was working on 'Xerxes,' a prequel to '300' that may be used as a follow-up film to the hit movie by director Zack Snyder.

And while the project won't be released until next year, Miller has already begun to reveal more about the story itself and how 'Xerxes' will differ from '300.'

'The story will be the same heft as '300' but it covers a much, much greater span of time,' Miller told the Los Angeles Times . 'It's 10 years, not three days. This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger.'

'The Spartans in '300' were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller,' continued Miller. 'This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it [is] dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it's a sweeping tale with gods and warriors.'

Miller also disclosed that 'Xerxes' would be published as a six-issue miniseries by Dark Horse Comics in 2011. He also indicated that 'Xerxes' will feature a more in-depth portrayal of the lead character than he received in '300.'

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'To me [Xerxes] is such a pivotal character and in this story I get to explain him so much more fully,' explained Miller. 'I do my best to crawl inside his head rather than have him be this iconic force that simply commands this huge army. There are many scenes with him alone or just with his people. There's an extended scene set in Persepolis, for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he's shown speaking to his mother and his wife and with all of that he becomes that much more interesting as a character.'

'The story is very different than '300' in that it involves Xerxes search for godhood,' continued Miller. 'The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.'

According to Miller, two additional characters from '300' will return for cameo appearances: the misformed Spartan traitor, Ephialtes and King Leonidis. The story will also feature the Greek warlord Themistocles as the protagonist. Themistocles played a large role in the creation of the Athenian navy which will be seen in the climactic sea battle at the end of 'Xerxes.'

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'There is an aftermath that is like an extension of '300' because '300' ended so abruptly with all of them getting mowed down by arrows,' said Miller. 'I do get into what happened after that and what the entire thing means to Xerxes. Xerxes is a megalomaniac and takes everything as a sign of his godhood. I've known people like that.'

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