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Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 300 DVD Release Event.
300 Author Frank Miller

I'm glad that you were in the 300 DVD bonus material. Did they request that of you? What happened?

Frank Miller: "Oh sure. Sure. They were filming away, and they brought a crew to my studio and we talked things over."

Your portion is a lot of interviews about your past, and I thought that that was very interesting. Do you like to be involved in that?

Frank Miller: "Sure. I'm a little bit of an evangelist when it comes to comic books and things like that, especially when it comes to the story of 300 because that's my favorite story of all time."

Is it really?

Frank Miller: "Yes."

Is it the one you connect to the most or just your favorite period?

Frank Miller: "It's one I encountered when I was five years old and never forgotten and had to tell it as a book. And then these other lunatics made a movie out of it."

And they did a great job.

Frank Miller: "Yes, they certainly did."

Because they copied your work exactly. What did you think about the success of the film? Did you expect audiences to embrace it that much?

Frank Miller: "I didn't know what would happen. It obviously touched a nerve. And I was very, very gratified by that. I think that the study of what a hero is is kind of a lifelong journey for me, and that's as heroic as any story you're going to find."

Absolutely. How's The Spirit coming?

Frank Miller: "It's coming great. We start shooting in October."

But you haven't announced any casting yet, have you?

Frank Miller: "I've only announced one."

Who did you announce?

Frank Miller: "Samuel Jackson as the Octopus. Everybody else is either unknown or secret."

Unknown? So, you are going to go with some unknowns in it?

Frank Miller: "Well you've never met The Spirit before…"

Visually can you describe it at all or are you giving too much away?

Frank Miller: "Visually, I'm going to do my best to capture Will Eisner's love of New York City. That's a preponderate theme in it. I intend to use a lot of black and white plus a lot of color to rocket the story along. So it's going to be one more step. You see these digital movies, and it's almost like you're watching a stop-motion of a supernova. And every one of these movies that's any damn good is going to be taking things to another level."

It's tough to keep topping that, isn't it?

Frank Miller: "No, because of these CGI wizards. I learned a while back you never say, 'Can you do this?' You simply say, 'I want this,' and they eagerly attack the problem and have the answer by next Tuesday."

300 Producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton

Mark Canton: "It's time for Gianni and I to figure out the sequel."

Have you been working on a sequel?

Gianni Nunnari: "Of course."

What can we expect?

Gianni Nunnari: "301. No, we're working. It's such an important movie with such a great personal filmmaker. The same way that we took time to do the first movie, we need to be careful that we're going to top the first movie. So we're working on it. We're thinking, because that's our job."

Well, that's just it. Because you guys have set the bar so high with that one, you have to really top that in order for the fans to appreciate and want a sequel.

Mark Canton: "Well you know, we've been around the whole world from Brazil to Tokyo and the thing that's amazing is that everyone responded to the movie the same way everywhere, in terms of emotional context and in terms of the action. And with Zack [Snyder] and with Frank, you know, it's our responsibility to make sure we get the next one right. We don't want to make one of those sequels that people come out and they're not satisfied."

Gianni Nunnari: "They didn't kill all of the 300. Twenty one were captured…"

Mark Canton: "They've given San Diego a clue right now."
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