While promoting his new Netflix zombie flick Army of the Dead, Zack Snyder said that he also worked on a 300 sequel during the pandemic, but Warner Bros. passed on it because it ended up being a gay love story. “Over the pandemic, I had a deal with Warner Brothers and I wrote what was essentially going to be the final chapter in 300,” he told The Fourth Wall, The Playlist’s podcast. “But when I sat down to write it, I actually wrote a different movie.”
What movie did he write? A gay romance.
Anyone who thinks Warner Bros. is itching to greenlight more Snyderverse films beyond Zack Snyder’s Justice League might want to guess again. If this interview with Snyder and is any indication, the relationship between filmmaker and studio remains strained at best.
Speaking with Uproxx, it doesn’t sound like working with the studio on the Snyder Cut was easy, and WarnerMedia may have been resentful for finally having to fold into the demands of the toxic #ReleaseTheSnyderCut group. Snyder calls working with Warner Bros. on the HBO Max project as “torture” and did so unprompted by the interviewer. Additionally, he believes they see him as a “pain in their ass.”
“Oh god yeah. God yeah. It was cool to do the Snyder Cut of Justice League, and that was fun and everything. But Warner Bros. still tortured me the whole time for whatever reason; they can’t help it. I don’t know why I’m such a fucking pain in their ass because I’m not trying to be, honestly.”
Above: Alexander and Hephaestion by Andrea Camassei (1602-1649)
“I was writing this thing about Alexander the Great, and it just turned into a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. It turned into a love story. So it really didn’t fit in as the third movie. but there was that concept, and it came out really great. It’s called Blood And Ashes, and it’s a beautiful love story, really, with warfare. I would love to do it, [WB] said no… you know, they’re not huge fans of mine. It is what it is.”