I was browsing the Apple Quicktime trailer’s page last day when i found out that 300 the magnificent story from comics (and storytelling) master Frank Miller is in production.
Frank Miller is one of the modern era Master of the comic book medium, having contribuited to renew and gain self acknoledgement since middle ’80 with his Daredevil and Batman, the Return of the Dark Knight operas.
After having gone away from the mainstream USA comics publishers (DC & Marvel Comics) he’s settled his home on Dark Horse Comics and published some creator’s owned comics, revamping pulp stories and renewing the black and white world.
In the second cycle of Sin City stories, entitled “The Big Fat Kill”, Miller cited the historical fight between Spartans and persians in ancient Greece. This historical event has been a strong inspiration to the writer/artist resulting in the 300 five issue series.
Here Miller explores deeply the event, adding his own “vision” to events, look of the characters and their motivation. Well worth a read (for convenience here is a link to the DeLuxe Trade Paperback)
So, as I was saying at the beginning of this post now the film is in production, here is the official 300 movie site (now a blog showing us the various phases of work).