New PlayStation Game, Movie Spun from Frank Miller Graphic Novel

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Article Date: April 20, 2006 | Publication: | Author: Kimberly Maul & Chuck Shelton
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Frank Miller, the pioneering artist who helped reinvent the Batman franchise and whose 2005 Sin Cityfilm adaptation has grossed $99 millionworldwide, has been tapped for two Warner projects that will bow next year: an adaptation of 300, Miller's 1999 graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae; and a new PlayStation Portable game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, based on the same title.

The game, "300: March to Glory," is in development with Collision Studios; the film, also called 300, will be directed by Dawn of the Deadhelmer Zack Snyder.

300"offers continual action and an intense storyline that lends itself to be a striking videogame," said Jason Hall, senior vice president of Warner Interactive. "With '300: March to Glory,' we are bringing the battles and story to life in an interactive way, which will challenge and satisfy players."

The film, scheduled for release in April 2007, has a relatively hefty budget of $60 million (Dimension's Sin Citywas made for $40 million). In it, Gerard Butler -- best known as the Phantom in the 2004 film-version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera-- will star as the Spartan King, Leonidas, along with David Wenham, of The Lord of the Ringstrilogy, as a Captain; Vincent Regan, who played Eudorus in the Brad Pitt vehicle Troy, as Dilios; and Lena Headey, who recently appeared in The Brothers Grimm, as Queen Gorgo.

Sin City 2is also scheduled for a 2007 release, and Sin City 3the following year. Those two will be directed by Robert Rodriguez, who also helmed the the first in the series. Original cast members Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Brittany Murphy are set to return for both. Dawson told the SCI FI Wire websitelast month that production is on hold for the first sequel until Angelina Jolie, who has apparently signed on for the film, gives birth to her and Brad Pitt's baby.