Starz is reintroducing to the swords and sandals business.
The cable network announced Thursday that it is working on a new Spartacus version, with the franchise's original creator, Steven S. DeKnight, on board as showrunner and EP. According to Starz, the quasi-reboot "will explore uncharted territory and new journeys of the original series' iconic characters." Spartacus 2.0 will "depict a new tale of treachery, deceit, and blood unfolding beneath the foreboding shadow of Rome."
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the original Blood and Sand series, was released on Starz in 2010 with Andy Whitfield playing the titular role. In Seasons 2 and 3, Liam McIntyre took on the role of lead in the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
"We are thrilled to reimagine and expand this gripping, action-packed drama for our viewers today," said Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming at Starz, in a statement. "Spartacus has deep loyal followers who are eager for its return, and we look forward to working with Steven on this exciting next chapter."
DeKnight said, "It's an incredible honor to be invited to return to the world of Spartacus and to be met with unwavering creative support from Starz and Lionsgate." Together we are constructing something truly unique and unusual for the next chapter in this epic tale.
Any of the original series' actors will return for a refresh.