GK Films is Developing a Brand New, Epic 'Spartacus' Feature Film
Move aside "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", it's time for a real Spartacus movie. Graham King's GK Films has announced via Twitter/Variety that they're developing a new feature film called Spartacus, that will focus "on the rebel leader who took on the Roman Empire for 2 years." It will throw out all the other fictional storylines (*ahem* Starz) and "rely instead on more historic facts of Spartacus as a revolutionary." The project is actually on a pitch they acquired from 300 co-writer Michael B. Gordon (also credited for the G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra story). However, no director is attached and the project is developing in the early stages.
It sounds like they're hoping for this to be quite epic, as their final tweet about the project states that the film focuses "on [Spartacus] leading a band of 70000 elite gladiators and 50000 freed slaves in revolt against the Roman war machine between 73 and 71 BC." Please tell me we get to see this on screen? But what director can handle an army of 120,000 people? We'll have to see who they end up with, but Graham King is a powerful producer and can bring in some big names. In addition to Starz' "Spartacus" TV series, there's also Stanley Kubrick's 1960 Spartacus, starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, which is quite a well-known classic that will be hard to top. We'll watch as this develops. Do we need more Spartacus?