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Zack Snyder has revealed that he's written a third film for the 300 series.
The 55-year-old co-wrote and directed the first instalment, which was released in 2006, and wrote and produced the less successful sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, which came out in 2014.
Warner Brothers recently tasked him with making it a trilogy, but unfortunately the studio didn't go for the end result, according to Snyder.
Speaking to The Playlist's Fourth Wall podcast, he said: "I just couldn't really get my teeth into it. Over the pandemic, I had a deal with Warner Brothers 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."
Gahhh, don't you just hate it when you sit down to write the third and final film of a gory franchise and you end up penning a bloody love story?
Still, while it may not have met the brief, Snyder reckons it's actually a very happy accident.
He added: "But 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, [Warner Bros.] said no... you know, they're not huge fans of mine. It is what it is."
So if there are any other studios out there intrigued by a love story/warfare cocktail, they might want to reach out to Zack.
LADbible has contacted Warner Bros. for comment.
Perhaps the trilogy was best avoided, though.
The OG movie starring Gerard Butler as King Leonidas was a commercial success - and while some critics felt it was simultaneously over the top and overly simplistic - it had some stand out moments ('THIS! IS! SPARTA!') and was broadly considered to be an enjoyable watch.
The sequel was less well received, and has a rating of just 45 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Film critic Mark Kermode wrote: "Considering the level of carnage, it's astonishing how dreary it all manages to be, with computer-game visuals and Carry On dialogue conspiring to render everything dead in the water."
Whether we ever get to see Blood and Ashes remains to be, well, seen.
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