300 to Wage War on IMAX

Warner Bros.’ 300, the CG-laden adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, will be the first motion picture to open in IMAX theaters this year. The pic will make its large-format debut on March 9, the same day it hits conventional theaters. Like Sin City, another cinematic interpretation of Miller’s work, the movie was shot mostly against green screens with digital artists creating the environments and adding animated elements.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead’2004) 300 takes some poetic license in offering an account of the ancient battle of Thermopylae, in which King Leonidas (Gerard Bulter) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspired all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

Snyder is also attached to direct an adaptation of Watchmen, the Hugo Award-winning graphic Novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Originally published by DC Comics in 1986, the story revolves around a group of superheroes who struggle with their own personal demons while trying to avert a nuclear war between the United States and Russia. Read an interview with the digital artists of 300 in the April issue of Animation Magazine which will be available the first week in March.