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Zack Snyder Sucker Punched as Warners Offers "300" Prequel to Guy Ritchie

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    Zack Snyder blew up with the success of "300," a film that made so much money he was allowed to make "Watchmen" and "Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole." Since those films both underperformed, to say the least, the studio isn't so sure about giving their once golden boy the reigns to the proposed "300" prequel "Xerxes." So they're looking for another hitmaker. 

    Guy Ritchie, still busy making "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," has apparently been approached by the studio, reported Vulture.

    Coming Soon: "Sucker Punch"

    [NATL] Coming Soon: "Sucker Punch"
    From writer-director Zack Snyder comes this story of a young girl who tries to escape a mental institution and a pending lobotomy by fighting the demons in her imagination. Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino and Jon Hamm, the film opens March 25, 2011. (Published Thursday, Mar 3, 2011)

    "Xerxes" is based on yet another comic by Frank Miller, who's already developed a script with Snyder. So the obvious question is, Why is Snyder getting the boot? 

    One possibility is that Snyder's upcoming film, "Sucker Punch,” which he's described as "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns" has been testing poorly. It's a shame because we love the trailer - Does it luck incomprehensible? Yes. Does it look awesome? Definitely.

    But the other possibility on offer is there are already problems with "Superman: The Man of Steel." Apparently the script doesn't have an ending yet, and if the film isn't in production by 2013, the film rights go back to the estates of the heroes creators, Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster, which would mean Warners would have to pay for them all over again.

    Honestly, we don’t care if “Xerxes” ever gets made, much less who directs it. And we can live with “Sucker Punch” being a mess. But if we have to suffer through another sub-par “Superman,” we’re gonna be pissed.

    Add to all that the fact that both “Watchmen” and "Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole” (the worst film title of 2010) failed to earn enough at the U.S. box office to cover their production budgets, and maybe Warners is beginning to wonder if they’ve backed the right horse.