Starz Picks Sam Raimi as Executive Producer for 'Spartacus' TV Series

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New series based on Spartacus' history, 'Spartacus', will be aired on Starz in 2009, promising an R-rated storytelling with the latest digital filmmaking techniques.

"Spartacus" will come into television in 2009 with Sam Raimi as its executive producer. Starz has announced that Raimi will be responsible to lead the series along with Rob Tapert and Joshua Donen for the production in early 2009.

Raimi will also collaborate with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veteran, Steven S. DeKnight, who serves as a showrunner on the series. The new series has been ordered for 13 episodes which will be premiered in 2009. "Spartacus" TV series will focus on the historical events and life of Spartacus, a slave who became the leader of the slave uprising against the Roman Republic in 73 BC.

Raimi says about the project, "It is going to be very exciting to take one of the most beloved and inspiring characters of all time, re-invent and bring them to life for a whole new generation of TV viewers." Tapert also shows his optimism, saying "By utilizing the latest digital filmmaking techniques to create the look of this series, we'll be able to tell the story in a way never before seen with production values far beyond what even the most ambitious TV series can offer."

Starz's executive vice president for programming, Stephan Shelanski, promises to bring the series into a new set of intense action and vivid story that is rich in character, action, sex, and combat. As he says in a statement, "When 'Spartacus' debuts in the summer of 2009, it will give our subscribers a show unlike anything currently on TV: a fresh, high-energy action series with nothing held back."


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