It looks like Elizabeth called this one back in 2008, because when news of a sequel/prequel to the ancient action flick 300 was only in the rumor stages, she put forth some suggestions as to where Frank Miller and company could look for inspiration, and judging by the writer/director's recent comments to the LA Times, she knew something we didn't. The LA Times blog recently spoke with Miller about Hollywood's newfound love affair with the ancient world, but more importantly the comic book legend spilled a little information on another installment of the 'battling Spartans'. According to Miller, the film will take place 10 years before the events of 300, and center on "...the battle of Marathon through my lens...I've finished the plot and I'm getting started on the artwork."

The film is now going by the working title of Xerxes, and Miller even hinted that Zack Snyder (director of 300) might be interested in returning to the film property, although Miller didn't explicitly say that Snyder would direct, so it's a possibility that he might just produce. Miller's 300 was one of the films that helped usher in this new era of swords and sandals (although Gladiator also did its fair share on the pop culture landscape); Miller was asked just what it is about those ancient civilizations that make for such a good time at the movies, and he told them, "Every generation returns to ancient Greece because, well, the stories are so damn good..." -- Hopefully we will be able to say the same about the story of Xerxes.

Nothing is official yet, so stay tuned to Cinematical for any news that comes our way.