Starz announced today it is in development on a series that will expand on its groundbreaking show Spartacus, one of Starz’s most celebrated brands, which aired for four seasons on the platform.
The show will explore uncharted territory and new journeys of the original series’ iconic characters.
In the aftermath of the defeat of Spartacus and his rebel army, the drama will depict a new tale of treachery, deceit, and blood unfolding beneath the foreboding shadow of Rome.
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“It has been over a decade since ‘Spartacus’ delighted international audiences and we are thrilled to reimagine and expand this gripping, action-packed drama for our viewers today,” said Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming, Starz.
“‘Spartacus’ has deeply invested fans who are eager for its return, and we look forward to working with Steven on this exciting next chapter.”
“It’s such an incredible honor to be invited to return to the world of ‘Spartacus’ and to be met with unbridled creative support from my colleagues at Starz and Lionsgate,” said Steven S. DeKnight.
“Together we are crafting something truly unique and unusual for the next chapter in this epic story.”
Spartacus: Blood and Sand debuted on Starz in 2010 and was followed by the prequel series chapter Spartacus: Gods of the Arena in 2011 and two additional series, Vengeance in 2012 and War of the Damned in 2013.
The project will be produced by Lionsgate Television for Starz. Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Karen Bailey and Directors, Original Programming, Giovanna Desselle and Alex Alberts will oversee the series on behalf of Starz.
Head of Scripted Development and Executive Vice President, Scott Herbst and Senior Vice President, Scripted Development, Jocelyn Sabo will both oversee for Lionsgate Television.
Showrunner and director Steven S. DeKnight broke onto the scene writing for the groundbreaking series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wrote, directed, and produced Angel, Smallville, and Dollhouse before creating and running Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena for Starz.
He was the executive producer/showrunner for the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil as well as Jupiter’s Legacy and director of the international feature film Pacific Rim: Uprising. Steven is also currently producing Queen Nzinga for Starz.
He is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content, and attorneys Jeanne Newman and Matthew Levy of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.