Frank Miller's Sin City was a cinematic tour de force. Let's hope that the same can be said of his 300 - the tale of the 300 Spartans who held off King Xerxes' forces at the Battle of Thermopylae.
Zach Snyder, director of Dawn of the Dead, is set to direct- he has also written the screenplay. I thought he did a superb job of DOTD and am hopeful that he will do another good job with 300. I just wish that he'd gotten Frank Miller involved in the process. The comic is a superb work and Sin city proves that faithfully sticking to the source material pays off.
There was some talk of two other Thermopylae films in the making- Michael Mann's adaptation of Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire and a remake of the '62 picture The 300 Spartans- but these seem to have fallen through. Hopefully, 300 will inspire some other studio to jump on the bandwagon and make Gates of Fire. Be good to see the two versions on the big screen.
Update- Almost forgot the story which inspired this post in the first place- Gerard Butler (Reign of Fire and Tomb Raider 2) is to star as King Leonidas and they are casting for kids to play him as a child.