Zack Snyder’s sequel 300 was a gay love story starring Alexander the Great, but WB didn’t want it

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Colin Farrell as Alexander and Gerard Butler in 300, pictured side by side

Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. had undeniable success adapting Frank Miller 300, clear and simple. The project that brought together the studio and the filmmaker was so legendary, it not only spawned a sequel with 300: Birth of an Empire, he apparently almost got one last entry from Snyder himself. Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing this movie anytime soon, because when the Army of the dead co-writer / director tried to write a 300 following, he ended up writing a gay love story starring Alexander the Great; that Warner Bros doesn’t want to be a part of.

Although there was the whole debacle over Justice League and Project Snyderverse, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. both seemed excited about another sequel to the 300 franchise. With 300: Birth of an Empire Seemingly successful enough, at least on paper, who could blame the collaborators for wanting one last battle for glory? But as The Playlist caught up with the director recently, in honor of his new film Army of the dead, Snyder recounted how and why this concept just didn’t work:

During the pandemic, I made a deal with Warner Bros. and I wrote what was going to be basically the last 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 became a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. It turned out to be a love affair. So that really didn’t fit the third movie.

Now, to be perfectly honest, there are two reasons why this alleged 300 the sequel was not picked up by Warner Bros. The first being the obvious fact that this Alexander the Great movie was not the sequel Zack Snyder intended to write. While a love story between Alexander the Great and his beloved friend and confidant Hephaestion sounds rather interesting, it does not fit the mission that was launched. Thus, the rejection of this concept does not appear to stem from any malicious intent, it simply does not correspond to the 300 the follow-up to which Warner Bros. probably expected.

But then there is the other elephant in the room in the fact that the last time Warner Bros dared to make a film in this wheelhouse, it was the mythical bomb of Oliver Stone Alexander. Starring Colin Farrell as Alexander and Jared Leto as Hephaestion, the movie that to some extent touched on the relationship Zack Snyder wanted to tackle. However, Stone’s version of events was a huge failure that lost millions at the box office, and would go on to have three alternate cuts on home video. So you can see where Warner Bros. would be a little shy about repeating the story with a similar sounding project.

Yet it is hard to ignore how this concept, born of a 300 the cornerstone of the franchise we’ll never see, maybe / maybe / could have been. It also doesn’t help that Zack Snyder is having fun talking about it a bit more, as he even revealed the film’s title, and it looks as cool as you might think. Here’s the last word on Snyder Blood and ashes:

But there was this concept, and it came out really well. It’s called Blood and Ashes, and it’s a beautiful love story, really, with war. I would like to do it, [WB] said no… you know they’re not big fans of me. It’s like that.

After having watched Zack Snyder Justice League, mastering such an epic story in the hands of the writer / director could have been exactly what the historical film genre begged for. Corn Blood and ashes, epic as it may sound, does not meet the expectations of a 300 sequel, and finally Warner Bros. ended up passing on the project. Still, much like he did with Army of the dead, there is always an outward chance that Netflix or some other streamer could one day turn things around (maybe / could) and move this project forward. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see how Zack Snyder’s latest fares in its current theatrical release, as well as its streaming debut, which is set to take place this Friday.

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