There is little doubt that 300 was Zack Snyder's breakthrough movie. The 2006 film displayed what would be the filmmaker's distinct style and storytelling, and fans were hoping it would turn into a major franchise. However, we only got one sequel and nothing else after that.
Interestingly, Snyder actually wrote a third movie that would serve as the final film in a planned trilogy. Unfortunately, his pitch was rejected by Warner Bros.
Snyder, who is currently promoting his latest project Army of The Dead, was recently a guest on the Fourth Wallpodcast. During the interview, the Justice League director revealed that the studio had asked him to do another 300 movie.
"Over the pandemic, I had a deal with Warner Bros. and I wrote what was essentially going to be the final chapter in 300," Snyder said. "But when I sat down to write it I actually wrote a different movie."
So what was the film about? Snyder shared that it would have been about another historical figure.
"I was writing this thing about Alexander the Great, and it just turned into a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. It turned out to be a love story. So it really didn't fit in as the third movie," he said.
Naturally, the studio wasn't thrilled with Snyder's idea since it had nothing to do with the Spartans. Although the filmmaker says that the concept "came out really great" and the film even had a title, Warner Bros. didn't go with it.
"It's called Blood and Ashes, and it's a beautiful love story, really, with warfare. I would love to do it, [Warner Bros.] said no… you know, they're not huge fans of mine. It is what it is," Snyder concluded.
Sadly, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing that movie that would address the mysterious relationship between Alexander and Hephaestion. On the other hand, Snyder could try pitching it to another studio instead. We'll keep you posted.
Snyder's new film Army of the Dead is now screening in theaters. It is set for a digital release on Netflix on May 21.