Starz Developing New Series Expanding on ‘Spartacus’

Starz Feb. 9 announced it is in development on a series that will expand on its show “Spartacus,” which aired for four seasons on the platform.

The new show will explore uncharted territory and new journeys of the original series’ iconic characters. “Spartacus” creator, writer and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight (“Daredevil,” Pacific Rim: Uprising) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. 

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.

“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,” Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz, said in a statement. “‘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,” DeKnight said in a statement. “Together we are crafting something truly unique and unusual for the next chapter in this epic story.”

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“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” debuted on Starz in 2010 and was followed by a prequel series chapter “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” in 2011 and two additional series “Spartacus: Vengeance” in 2012 and “Spartacus: War of the Damned” in 2013. 

The project will be produced by Lionsgate Television for Starz. EVP of original programming Karen Bailey and directors of original programming Giovanna Desselle and Alex Alberts will oversee the series on behalf of Starz. Head of scripted development and EVP Scott Herbst and SVP of scripted development Jocelyn Sabo will both oversee for Lionsgate Television.

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