So first things first. 300, the first one directed by Zack Snyder, is having an event screening in 10 cities around the country on February 1. Those cities are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto, and Montreal. So if you live in one of those cities and want to see 300 on the big screen again you’re in luck.
In a bold move the studio has also show the first 13 minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire at these screenings. I call it bold because from everything we’ve seen the sequel is going to be far the lesser to the original. I’m not quite sure they want people comparing the two films back to back like that. Without Snyder at the helm (he only worked on the screenplay) Rise of an Empire looks simply like yet another 300 knockoff.
FANS IN TEN MAJOR CITIES WILL BE TREATED TO THE FIRST
13 MINUTES OF “300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE” AT SPECIAL SCREENINGS
OF ZACK SNYDER’S “300” ON FEBRUARY 4
BURBANK, CA – January 30, 2014 – In celebration of the March 7th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “300: Rise of an Empire,” fans in ten cities in North America will have an opportunity to see the movie that started it all, Zack Snyder’s “300,” returning to the big screen exclusively for this event.
Fans attending the event will also be the first to see the first 13 minutes of the much-anticipated “300: Rise of an Empire,” which will be unveiled—complete and uncut in 3D IMAX—prior to the first film’s screening.
The cities in which the events will be held are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto and Montreal.
About “300: Rise of an Empire”:
Told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a new battlefield—on the sea. “300: Rise of an Empire” pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by their God-King Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles leads the charge that will change the course of the war.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Reprising their roles from “300” are: Lena Headey as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; David Wenham as Dilios; Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes; Andrew Pleavin as Daxos; and Rodrigo Santoro in the role of the Persian God-King Xerxes. The main cast also includes Hans Matheson as Themistokles’ closest friend and advisor, Aeskylos; Callan Mulvey and Jack O’Connell as father and son soldiers, Scyllias and Calisto; and Igal Naor as the Persian King Darius.
The film was directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller. Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann produced the film, with Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serving as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, editors Wyatt Smith and David Brenner, and costume designer Alexandra Byrne. The music is by Junkie XL.
Opening on March 7, 2014, the film is being released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. “300: Rise of an Empire” is rated R by the MPAA for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language.