Zack Snyder Says Warner Bros. Passed on His 300 Sequel That Became a 'Beautiful' Gay 'Love Story'

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Oh what could have been the next installment in the 300 series.
Zack Snyder (who co-wrote and directed the 2006 300s and co-wrote and produced the 2014 sequel to 300: Rise of a Empire) recently claimed in an interview with The Playlist's The Fourth Wall podcast that Warner Bros. hired him to do the Writing the script for "what would essentially be the last chapter in 300."
But when Snyder, 55, said of writing the script during the COVID-19 pandemic, "I just couldn't really put my teeth in" - and instead came up with something the studio wasn't on board with. according to the Army of the Dead Director.
"When I sat down to write it, I actually wrote another movie," he said. "I wrote this thing about Alexander the Great and it just turned into a movie about Hephaestion and Alexander's relationship. It turned out to be a love story."
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While the idea "really didn't fit into the 300s series as a third movie," Snyder was excited to bring it to the table anyway.
"There was this concept and it came out really great. It's called Blood and Ashes and it's a really nice love story with warfare," he said. "I'd love to do it, [WB] said no ... you know, they're not big fans of me. It is what it is."
Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Snyder has been open-minded about portrayal in the film after recently hitting support for J.J. Abrams' upcoming DC movie allegedly centered around a black Superman.
During a press conference promoting his Netflix film Army of the Dead, Snyder told RadioTimes and other outlets that he was excited to see Abrams, 54, perform the Superman reboot, citing the reported move of recognizing a black actor as the famous superhero occupy. "long overdue."
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"My feeling is that I love J. J. [Abrams], I love what he has done in the past," said Snyder. "I'm interested to see what happens. It's a brave and cool and probably long overdue move."
He added, "But I love Henry [Cavill] as Superman, of course. He's my superman."
Abrams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will work on the reboot of Superman. Abrams is producing and Coates, 45, is writing the script.
"I'm not really involved in the decision-making process at Warner Bros. in any way, so I guess it's just to see what they do with it and how it manifests itself. But on the surface it seems interesting," concluded Snyder.
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