July 31, 2011
I think it's obvious that they are. Here's yet more proof: they're working on a sequel to the movie "300". It'll be called "300: Battle of Artemisia".
How are they going to manage that when the entire 300 died in the first movie? The reason we celebrate the Battle of Thermopylae is precisely because those men bravely sacrificed themselves in order to protect their homeland from Persian invasion. Ye Gods.
UPDATE: Seems that the Battle of Artemisium (sic) was the parallel naval battle between the Greeks and Persians. The Greeks were outnumbered there, too, but not as badly as at Thermopylae.
They're in the early scripting stage on this. I bet this never gets made.
Artemisia wasn't a battle. It was the ports the Greek fleets departed from when they sortied to Salamis. However this gives me hope 'cause I've always wanted to see Salamis on the big screen
The naval battle of Salamis was the real turning point of the war. Themistocles' was an extraordinarily competent naval officer. Athenian forces were outnumbered at least two to one ( as much as three to one depending on who one uses as a source) Not only did Themistocles eliminate huge numbers of Persian troops, his fleet broke the back of both the Persians navy and their logistical train dooming the Persian campaign.
Themistocles had also been crucial in getting the Athenians to ally with Leonidas and had been present in a supporting role at Thermopylae. He evacuated the bulk of the Greek forces to safety after the encirclement while Leonidas and a small force of Spartans and Thespians under Leonidas fought their rightfully lauded delaying action. Themistocles really saved western civilization.
I hope this film is not a cacophony of fail. I am not optimistic however.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at July 31, 2011 11:49 AM (EJaOX)
Leonidas and a small force of Spartans and Thespians under Leonidas
..and the award for the department of redundancy department award goes to The Brickmuppet. (facepalm)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at July 31, 2011 12:03 PM (EJaOX)
...seems that the Battle of Artemisium (sic) was the parallel naval battle between the Greeks and Persians.
Well damn. The Wiki-fu award goes to Steven.
Obviously the history fail award goes to moi...I'll just slink over here and be very, very quiet.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at July 31, 2011 12:06 PM (EJaOX)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 31, 2011 12:51 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Siergen at July 31, 2011 01:36 PM (Za5nM)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 31, 2011 02:09 PM (+rSRq)
Okay, granted that a cinematic presentation of Salamis could be awesome on its own merits. But 300 wasn't just a cinematic presentation of Thermopylae. It was a cinematic presentation of Frank Miller's work, and that's some pretty heavily stylized work at that. How do you translate a naval battle into the same visual style? It would be very easily to miss by a long, long way, at which point you just have a silly, campy movie.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 31, 2011 03:15 PM (mRjOr)
I didn't see "300" but another aspect of it is that it's about Leonidas in particular. He's the focus of the story.
If you want to try to have that same kind of intensity, you need a similarly charismatic leader for the Greeks in the naval battle. And I'm not sure Themistocles would work for that. Or Eurybiades, either. Who's ever heard of them? There aren't any legends about them the way there are about Leonidas.
I agree; it wouldn't work, and that's one of the reasons why I don't think it'll ever be made.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 31, 2011 03:30 PM (+rSRq)
My god, sir! You are an optimist, aren't you?
Posted by: atomic_fungus at July 31, 2011 03:58 PM (nvyIB)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 31, 2011 04:46 PM (+rSRq)
The higher the sequel number, the happier the accountants who have displaced all the creatives in Hollywood are.
Posted by: Mauser at July 31, 2011 06:45 PM (cZPoz)
Posted by: CatCube at July 31, 2011 08:33 PM (20436)
A lot of people are pointing that one out as another example of the bankrupcy of ideas.
Once upon a time someone made a spoof trailer for "Minesweeper: The Movie". But it wouldn't surprise me if it got done.
If they can make a TV game show out of tic-tac-toe, they can do anything.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 31, 2011 09:22 PM (+rSRq)
Okay, but honestly it was a movie about the navy encountering an alien space battleship floating on the ocean and accidentally activating it.
Posted by: Mauser at July 31, 2011 10:22 PM (cZPoz)
Posted by: Mauser at July 31, 2011 10:26 PM (cZPoz)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 01, 2011 05:50 AM (9KseV)
Combine all those together, and you have Hollywood execs thinking "the key to a hit movie is to adapt something, anything." And since board games are cheap to license. . .
Posted by: metaphysician at August 01, 2011 06:51 AM (hD30M)
Posted by: ubu at August 01, 2011 10:43 AM (i7ZAU)
"If they can make a TV game show out of tic-tac-toe, they can do anything."
Wasn't WarGames tic-tac-toe: the movie? (I kid, I kid...)
"Coming soon -- Checkers: The Movie."
Hmm... that's in the public domain, so no licensing issues. Even cheaper! I expect that's next summer's plan.
Posted by: Mikeski at August 01, 2011 02:47 PM (GbSQF)
Posted by: metaphysician at August 01, 2011 04:25 PM (hD30M)
Posted by: muon at August 02, 2011 12:40 AM (JXm2R)
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
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