300: Rise of an Empire was originally set to premiere August 2nd, 2013, but has been moved up almost a year to March 7, 2014. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes, the film is set during an epic battle on the sea. Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) is attempting to unite Greece by leading his army into a battle against Persian forces. Rodrigo Santoro is starring as mortal-turned-god Xerxes alongside Eva Green.
All You Need Is Kill has also been shifted from it's original March 14th, 2014 release date to June 6, 2014. Doug Liman's sci-fi action thriller is set during a futuristic alien invasion. A young recruit is killed in the line of duty and is reborn to relive his death in a repeating time warp. He eventually realizes that the event is transforming him into a more deadly warrior and plots to change the outcome of that day.
Dan Fellman has this to say about the changes.
"We have tremendous confidence in All You Need Is Kill and view it as a perfect tent pole for the Summer frame, with its combination of great cast, compelling story and tremendous action. Moving 300: Rise of an Empire to March 7 continues in the tradition of the first '300,' and kicks off the Spring movie-going season in epic style. The film is on track to become all that audiences have come to expect from the franchise."
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg added her excitement for the projects.
"We are thrilled about All You Need Is Kill heating up our Summer '14 slate. It is an action-packed adventure, told by an extraordinary cast, which is sure to have global appeal. We are also excited about the continuation of the '300' saga. The first '300' movie was a huge success internationally, and the day-and-date release of the new film is a great opportunity to turn its opening into a worldwide event."
300: Rise of an Empire was released March 7th, 2014 and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell. The film is directed by Noam Murro.