Intriguing title for 300 sequel revealed (it's not what we thought)

The sequel to Zack Snyder's 300 is finally in the works, and it seems the working title we've been hearing for nearly a year isn't going to stick. So what's the new one?

The film had been known as 300: The Battle of Artemisia for much of the development process, but now Warner Bros. is going with something a little more epic: 300: Rise of an Empire.

Now that's a little flashier.

A sequel has been rumored ever since the 2006 original became a surprise hit, with its stylized slow-mo action and wildly bloody fight scenes inspiring a quick glut of knockoffs.

Based on Frank Miller's comic series 300, the sequel will follow Greek general Themistocles as he leads Athenian troops against a Persian army. The action is expected to play out simultaneously with the events of the first film, which showed the Battle of Thermopylae.

The sequel stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell and Andrew Tiernan.

The studio is eyeing an Aug. 2, 2013, release date.

What do you think about the name change? Better or worse than the working title?

(Via ComingSoon.net)