'300' sequel 'Rise of an Empire' release delayed until 2014

300-rise-of-an-empire-sullivan-stapleton-warnerbros.jpg"300: Rise of an Empire" is moving from a planned summer 2013 release to March 7, 2014.

At the same time, distributor Warner Bros. is moving the Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie "All You Need is Kill" to June 6, 2014 because it had been scheduled for March 7. Consider that a good sign for "Kill" -- the studio must be confident if they believe it's fit for the competitive summer schedule -- but another bad sign for "300."

For the few who believe that a sequel to "300" even sounded like a good idea in the first place, changing a release date from a not-so-great August opening to an even worse March date is not what a studio does to a tentpole they believe in.

Sure, the original "300" opened in March and took the industry by surprise to become a mega-hit, but the last movie Warner Bros. shifted from a planned summer release to March was "Jack the Giant Slayer," which is considered one of the bigger bombs so far this year.

"300: Rise of an Empire" explores the origins of freaky "god-king" Xerxes ( Rodrigo Santoro reprising his "300" role) as well as his lover-ally Artemisia ( Eva Green of "Casino Royale") and their Greek rival Themistokles ( Sullivan Stapleton of "Strike Back").
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