Frank Miller doing a 300 prequel that Zack Snyder might film

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Go tell the Spartans—Frank Miller will be returning to the world of 300 in a six-part comic-book series to be released by Dark Horse starting next year. And according to Zack Snyder, who directed the 2006 big-screen adaptation, if the finished tale lives up to his hopes, another feature film could be in the offing.

"If the book is awesome and compelling, then, yes, we're interested," said Snyder, Hero Complex reported.

And all we have to say to that is—"HA-OOH! HA-OOH! HA-OOH!"

"This is a more complex story," said Miller. "The story is so much larger. The Spartans in 300 were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it's a sweeping tale with gods and warriors."

Of the character Xerxes, whose portrayal in 300 was considered deeply offensive in Iran, Miller says that "I suppose it will be seen as provocative, but really, to me he is such a pivotal character, and in this story I get to explain him so much more fully. I do my best to crawl inside his head, rather than have him be this iconic force that simply commands this huge army. There are many scenes with him alone or just with his people. There's an extended scene set in Persepolis, for instance, where he takes power, and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he's shown speaking to his mother and his wife, and with all of that he becomes that much more interesting as a character."

Miller, who directed Sin City and The Spirit, says he has no desire to direct or co-direct any adaptation and can't approach his bordered pages as storyboards for a film. "I don't do a comic book thinking there is a movie. I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be. It's up to Zack and company to make it work as a film."