Film of Miller's 300 Nears Completion
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Article Date: December 29, 2005 | Publication: Sequart.com | Author: Julian Darius
The film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, set in ancient Greece, has launched its official website and has only about three weeks of shooting remaining.
Miller's original graphic novel tells the tale of Thermopylae, the pass at which some 300 Spartans died delaying the Persian invasion of the Greek mainland. Though the Spartans died, they not only killed far more Persians than 300 but delayed the entire invasion force long enough to allow an eventual Greek victory. The graphic novel, done between installments of Sin City and very much in the same style, was first serialized in five issues and then collected. It is published by Dark Horse Comics.
The film version is directed by Zack Snyder. The film stars Gerard Butler as Sparta's King Leonidas. The film is being released by Warner Bros.
Snyder recently stated that he is nine weeks into filming the movie and expects principal photography to conclude before the end of January.
The film is being made with the same extensive use of green screens that allowed directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to obtain the distinctive look of the Sin City movie, praised for its fidelity to the graphic novels.
The 300 film look faithful to the original graphic novel, which was itself so cinematic that it was collected in a unique doubly-wide format with two comic book pages per page in the collected edition. Director Snyder has repeatedly talked about his desire to remain faithful to Miller's original.
Now, as the official 300 film website has launched, Warner Bros. is demonstrating exactly that. An extensive section shows Miller's original panels and the evolution of equivalent shots in the film, from storyboard to set with green screen to hypothetical finished shot.
No release date has been set for the film beyond sometime in 2006. Industry watchers are predicting brisk sales of the graphic novel 300, mirroring the enormous sales of Miller's Sin City books in the wake of that film adaptation.