Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Spartacus enters new-series arena

Jeanne Jakle writes:
The way Raimi, fellow executive producer Rob Tapert and head writer Steven S. DeKnight tell it, the story of the legendary slave is worlds apart from the Spartacus Kirk Douglas and Stanley Kubrick gave us. Because of the heavy use of digital technology, it has the feel of a graphic novel.

“We didn't want to do horror,” said Tapert, a longtime collaborator with Raimi on everything from Xena to The Evil Dead. “We wanted to show gladiators battling in the arena. We wanted to bring some of the technological tools that are available to heighten action and utilize those. And as a byproduct of it, blood was spilled in a way that it was different to give it more of a balletic feel.”

“Hey, this is a show that has action, has blood, has sex, has all of those components that you don't get on network television,” Tapert said, “but all of that is just the initial wave from which behind really good drama is awaiting.”

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The new Starz series premieres at 9 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2010.

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