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?
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
I'll throw a name over the table Peter Jackson...
Nuno Lopes on Jul 19, 2011
Personally, I'm more excited for Starz's season 3 of Spartacus!!
darkobe on Jul 19, 2011
i cannot agree more
truong18 on Jul 20, 2011
Season 2. I imagine you're counting the prequel as Season 2 when Season 2 is what will be premiering in 2012
Courtney on Jul 20, 2011
grimjob on Jul 20, 2011
Good. Hollywood needed more CGI battles.
Voice of Reason on Jul 20, 2011
Director: Mel Gibson
Loser on Jul 20, 2011
Of course they're doing a new Spartacus movie. With the tv show it's hot again so the studios are looking to make more bank off the surge.
Courtney on Jul 20, 2011
Spartacus Blood and Sand need not move over, nor does Spartacus Gods of the Arena. Although made for the small screen, both were excellent productions...to the point that anyone making a feature film at this point seems to me like they're just trying to cash in. Personally, I will wait for Spartacus: Vengeance.
Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011
Ridley Scott, perfect director for large battle scenes.
Steven on Jul 20, 2011
honestly,do we really need more gladiator movies? "Hey Bobby... do you like Gladiatoe movies?...Ever see a grown man naked?..." nuff said..............
glutusmaximus on Jul 20, 2011
I would rather watch "Salt 2" or "Xena: the movie". They'd look better on the big screen than any gladiator...
Miss Artiphys on Jul 20, 2011
Why bother. Spartacus is doing just fine on Starz.
Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011
I'd prefer to see a film adaption of Steven Pressfield's 'Gates of Fire' personally.
MP on Jul 21, 2011
Not watching Spartacus on Starz anymore because it doesn't feel right without Andy Whitfield. I say bring on another Spartacus movie!
Jules on Jul 22, 2011
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