The project is in the hands of original series creator Steven S. DeKnight.
Starz wants to follow up on the story of Spartacus, one of his greatest hits ever. The American cable network has announced that it has joined forces with Steven S. DeKnightthe creator of the historical series centered on the famous Thracian gladiator and his exploits, for the development of a spin-off sequel, a new story of betrayal, deceit and blood set under the menacing shadow of Rome.
Spartacus: The first details of the new sequel TV series
Written by DeKnight, also in the project as showrunner and executive producer, the new series will follow the events of the original, developing in the aftermath of the defeat of Spartacus and his rebel army. “It’s been more than a decade since Spartacus has delighted international audiences, and we are thrilled to reinvent and expand this gripping, action-packed drama for our viewers today,” Starz President of Original Programming Kathryn Busby said in a statement. “Spartacus has captured the hearts of fans so much that they are eager for her return and we look forward to working with Steven on this exciting next chapter.”
DeKnight added, “It’s an incredible honor to be invited back into the world of Spartacus and receive the unbridled creative support of my colleagues at Starz and Lionsgate. Together, we are creating something truly unique and unusual for the next chapter in this epic story.”
Spartacus debuted in 2010, causing amazement and excitement with its spectacular action scenes, unique visual style and audacity on all levels. The main role was played by Andy Whitfieldbut, following his death in 2011 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aged just 40, he was replaced after the first season by Liam McIntyre, a choice approved by Whitfield himself shortly before his disappearance. The series aired for four seasons and, between the first and second, to facilitate Whitfield’s care, it spawned a prequel miniseries, Spartacus: The gods of the arena, which focuses on life in the House of Batiatus before the arrival of Spartacus. The rest of the cast included Lucy Lawless, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Erin Cummings, Nick E. Tarabay, Manu Bennett, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Katrina Law, Jai Courtney and many others.
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