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Raimi & DeKnight Ramping Up
SPARTACUS Series For Starz!!

I am – Hercules!!
“Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi is producing a “Spartacus” TV series for Starz. Steven S. DeKnight, a writer-director whose credits include “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Smallville” and Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Dollhouse,” will make his debut as showrunner on the series. Starz exec Stephan Shelanski describes the project to The Hollywood Reporter:
"This is not going to be at all like the 1960s Kirk Douglas film," Shelanski said. "We didn't want your typical sword-and-sandals. It's going to be fun, fast-moving, full of action and interesting characters and have a little more depth to it than the 1960s film." Shelanski added that the show will be produced specifically for a premium cable audience, with "R-rated" action and storytelling. The goal is to accomplish the graphic-novel look and feel of such movies as "300" and "Sin City." As with "300," producers also will be looking to cast "Spartacus" with a group of fresh-faced, unknown actors.
But – but wasn’t the Kubrick/Trumbo “Spartacus” like 300 times better than “300”? The first 13-episode season is slated to hit Starz next summer. Find all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.



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  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Why?

    by AgentArchangel

    Why does Starz have to take movies and shit all over them with television shows based on them? Judging by the promos for Crash this will be another in a long line of serious films turned into tawdry softcore cable sex opuses. Oh, and first!

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    fuck you shelanski

    by ATown

    the proper etiquette here is to praise the original film and then describe how this will go in a new direction. don't say that you're going to do it better. you can't. you won't. so fuck you and your shitty ass network.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Spartacus is still on

    by LegendSeeker

    I started it 3 years ago. Long movie.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    You mean the gymnastics guy who lives in a zeppelin?

    by DerLanghaarige

    And who teaches kids who are made out of rubber to eat healthy?

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    raimi hmm

    by palewook

    ok i'm sort of interested in this

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    @DerLanghaarige

    by Matt

    No no, its the dude with the black bracelet that shot arrows. He drove around that intelligent hovercraft with those two earth kids and they all lived by the sun beneath the sea.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's going to...have a little more depth to it than the 1960s film." Oh my aching sides.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    As long as it'll have lot of nudes...

    by MrFloppy

    XD XD

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The Croation ER guy

    by vadakinX

    Can't remember his name...but he was in a Spartacus movie a few years back.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Because nothing says "fun and fast moving"...

    by The Nihilist

    ...like a story in which your lead character ends up being crucified. Oh well, at least this did remind me of "Spartakus and the Sun Beneath The Sea," something from my youth I haven't thought about in a long time and don't remember that well. Off to the wikipedia...

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    will JOXER THE MIGHTY be in it?

    by punto

    wtf is Starz?

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Um... Uh... Why?

    by mbeemer

    We know how this story ends. (shaking head) I dungeddit.<p> And you're just NOT going to beat the movie, so why embarrass yourself?<p> "*I* am Sparticus!!"<p> "Sparticus. Crucify him."

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    You know what would be a blast?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Spartacus gets crucified in the final episode, looks to his right (or left, I don't care) and sees on the two crosses next to him...<b>XENA & GABRIELLE</b>

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell For Spartacus

    by Terry the geek

    someone was gonna say it. Or maybe Autolycus could show up and steal some shit.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    They will all be in their late teens to 24.

    by Damien Chowder

    Everything with a little difficulty to transfer to film will be 300 and Sin City-ized.. Bring on The New World Order.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I just realized they are going to "Hercules & Xena" Spartacus.

    by Damien Chowder

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Ratsfarts

    by abn3r p3pp3r72

    I'm Spartacus and so is my wife.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Um...fast moving and fun...

    by Gozu

    They're fucking crucified! It's a failed slave rebellion!

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Will this new series...

    by Alientoast

    ...have an intro that's sung by Menudo, like the original cartoon? Speaking of old Nick cartoons, they should make a live action Mysterious Cities of Gold.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Spartacus will be a single mother.

    by kabong

    Her son will be a troubled teen (played by 28-year-old) influenced by rowdy Roman street gangs.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    sigh

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I don't think the 300 look will work for a full series...its gonna get played out. And WHERE THE FUCK IS THE GAME OF THRONES SERIES??????

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    "More depth" ????

    by TELF

    Go fuck yourself, guy. The movie, the Howard Fast novel it was loosely based on, and the historical events that inspired them are all deep as fuck. For shame asshole. Spartacus: the Legendary Journeys? Bad news.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    @mbeemer: you know how it ends?

    by Don Lockwood

    Yeah, because movies and tv shows with a set ending never do well. What was the name of that little film James Cameron did a while back?

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    point a finger at

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    whomever is unfortunate enough to be standing next to you<p> He's Spartacus

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Never mind Spartacus, bring back Rome!

    by pearlanddean

    We want more Pullo and Vorenus, they'd chop Spartacus up and flush him into the Tiber with all the other turds.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST

    bruce must be spartacus

    by bacci40

    i need to hear bruce exclaim..."I AM SPARTACUS, BABY"

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    ATHENS BOULEVARD 90210

    by brokentusk

    R-rated action and storytelling? That sounds promising. <p> But I swear to Apollo, if they cast some young, pretty boy, "fresh faced" (as opposed to... dirty and crusty faced?) actors in this... I'll be forced to lead a rebellion against this show and show them what a true Spartacus should look like.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    not your grandfathers spartacus

    by Porco Drunko

    If this was being done in a manner similar to rome i could see some potential in it, but 300!!! Is this now what people think we want from are historical epics.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Don't make me laugh!

    by DC Films

    I've loved Raimi since seeing a pirate vhs of the banned Evil Dead in early 80's UK, but... "...More depth than the movie..." Good bloody luck is what i say, coz Kubrick turned in a pretty deep tale there - it's complex relationships and character arcs makes Gladiator look like Spy Kids by comparison. Hopefully it'll crack it's style ambitions - sustaining quality and interest in a 300/Sin City aesthetic over a series is a tough one.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    anything would be an improvement

    by vaterite

    Why does everyone keep saying Spartacus is a good movie? It is a film with absolutely no moral dilemma for anyone with an uninspired love story which goes on far too long. Also the gay = evil subtext is a classic.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I'm Sparticus!

    by C.K. Lamoo

    Ha Ha, Crassus! Made you look!

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I am Androgenus, a singa of songs.

    by Andre the Frog

    A part for Alan Cumming, perhaps?

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    They just remade this into a tv miniseries in 04

    by Cyan09

    it was enjoyable, but certainly not as good as the original with the butt-chin lead actor.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Rats do fart

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    they just mostly do it at night<br> when no one notices<p> and, yeah, it does smell like victory

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    "I love you, Spartacus."

    by Darkman

    "She called me Spartacus."

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    'Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?'

    by Bob Cryptonight

    If ever there was a talkback that needed someone to say "SOUNDS GAY" about the subject, this is the one!! LOL!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    "and have a little more depth to it than the 1960s film"

    by NeilF

    Did they not see the same film as us? There was PLENTY of depth there!<br> <br> Now, just wait for the bland soulless remake!

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    "I loves ya, Spartacus"

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Yep, it'll be dumbed down into a HERCULES clone. Sparty will be furnished with a dense but lovable sidekick and a betrothed hotty...maybe a mechanical owl, too.