Next summer’s sequel to the 2006 historical action film 300 will now be titled 300: Rise of an Empire.
In the early stages of development, the film’s sequel was titled 300: Battle of Artemisia, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the name has recently been changed.
The original film was based on Frank Miller’s 1998 comic book series 300 and directed by Zack Snyder. This time around, director Noam Murro is at the helm. The new film in the franchise will star Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, a Greek general fighting the Persians, who are ruled by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro, reprising his role from the original film). Eva Green, Callan Mulvey and Jack O’Connell co-star in the new installment.
The first installment starred Gerard Butler, Lena Headey and David Wenham in a retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, between Sparta and the Persians. The film became famous for its visually avant-garde special effects.
Indiewire believes that the film’s title has been changed to better appeal to the everyday public who might not have understood the original name, and complains that the new title is too standard.
The release date for 300: Rise of an Empire is set for August 2, 2013.