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Spartacus Is Back Back Back!
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20 July 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Spartacus Is Back Back Back!

Because having at least one iconic film – not to mention a gore/boobs-stuffed TV series – made about your adventures might be enough for some people. But not Spartacus. Oh, no. The rebellious slave who led a revolt against the Romans is getting another crack at the big screen thanks to producer Graham King, who is developing a new version.

300 co-writer Michael B Gordon pitched GK Films a fresh take on the tale, one that will hew closer to the man’s historical background. But the basic plot will stay the same, with Spartacus leading an army of fellow slaves in a huge campaign against the mighty Roman war machine between 73 and 71 BC. Though he scored some huge victories, commander Marcus Licinius Crassus eventually defeated Spartacus’ forces.

Though there are plenty of adaptations of the story out there, King and co clearly think there’s scope for a reinvention. Though it’ll have to go some to step clear of the long shadow cast by the 1960 Stanley Kubrick version, which saw Kirk Douglas as the man himself. Anyone care to bet who the company might try to mold into a new Spartacus? And all those who raise their hands and say, “I’m Spartacus” to that can go to the back of the class for being smart arses.


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no one's pissed off?
im confussed........everytime some shitty 3rd rate horror movie that copuld quite easily be improved upon is remade, everyone jumps up and down "Hollywoods ran out of ideas" "The death of original thought" etc etc. Sparticus is an undisputed classic. A monumental epic. Made by arguable the greatest director the worlds ever seen. With one of the greatest cast lists ever and a truely revoloutionary writer tieing it all together......but now people are happily tossing off names for who could play More

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Blood and Sand
Anyone that is even remotely interested in this but hasn't checked out the TV series nd Sand should do so. Dont' let /b]'s throwaway comment of oobs-stuffed TV series'u off - erm...not as if it should - who doesn't want gore and boobs? But the fact is the series is a damned entertaining good time and no-one who I have recommended it too has been disappointed. Sure it has boobs and gore but it also has exciting plots, no dull characters and nnahling Malcolm Tucker and ahving a whale o More

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