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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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