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Guy Ritchie may take over 'Xerxes' from Zach Snyder

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The stylized Spartan ode 300 was such a hit for Zach Snyder, he was a shoo-in to make the Frank Miller-penned sequel Xerxes, right? Wrong. That job is apparently being offered to Guy Ritchie. Sherlock Holmes must have really convinced Warner Bros.

Word around the campfire is that despite Snyder wanting to shoot the prequel -- focusing on the Persian ruler prior to Thermopylae -- he's snowed under with Superman rewrites and creative issues. Warner Bros. needs to have a Superman flick in production by 2013, or they'll lose the license from the estates of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Buying superhero rights ain't the cheapest, you know. Ritchie is currently working on a sequel of the Robert Downey Jr. franchise.

Of course, it's always possible that it's over the poor screening audience response to his upcoming Sucker Punch (watch the trailer below), about a woman in a looney bin who imagines a sci-fantiasy anime world full of giant robot samurai and zombie nazis. You're obviously showing it to the wrong people, WB.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:49pm]

    

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