Kablovska mreža StarZ je danas objavila kako će se Spartacus vratiti u siječnju 2011. godine. Produkcija na drugoj sezoni je zaustavljena zbog zdravstvenog stanja glavnog glumca, a kako će se Spartacus vratiti pročitajte u nastavku.
Zbog nemogućnosti nastavljanja snimanja “normalne” druge sezone, StarZ će vratiti Spartacusa kao šest-epizodnu prequel seriji u kojoj će se vratiti John Hannah (Batiatus) i Lucy Lawless (Lucretia). Prequel od šest epizoda baviti će se usponom Batiatusove gladijatorske škole.
StarZ je također potvrdio da Andy Whitfield odlično reagira na liječenje i jedva čekaju kada će nastaviti Spartacusovu priču. Najavljeno je da će i sam Whitfield biti u dvije epizode prequela.
Drago nam je zbog Andya, jedva čekamo kada će se vratiti na male ekrane, a cijelo priopćenje od StarZa možete pročitati ispod.
PRODUCTION ON STARZ’ ‘SPARTACUS’
SIX-PART PREQUEL TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER
Andy Whitfield to Appear In Two Episodes Along With Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah Plus Other Returning and New Characters
Los Angeles, Calif. – May 11, 2010 – Pre-production is underway on a six-part prequel to Starz’ hit original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”
Andy Whitfield, who played the title character in the series, will appear in the prequel briefly, but Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage in this story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a captured Thracian slave. With the title still to be determined, the prequel will begin production this summer in New Zealand, and is slated to air on Starz in January 2011.
John Hannah returns as Batiatus, owner of the Ludus, along with his wife Lucretia, played by Lucy Lawless.
Other returning actors include Peter Mensah (Doctore), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Antonio Te Maioha (Barca), Nick E. Tarabay (Ashur), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia) – and others. New characters will also be added – most notably the gladiator who was champion of the House of Batiatus before Spartacus or even Crixus – who will help fill in the story about the people and politics in the House of Batiatus and ancient Capua as a whole.
Production on the second season of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was postponed this spring to allow Andy Whitfield to be treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in New Zealand. His doctors indicate that the actor is responding well.
“The prequel story maintains the excitement and entertainment value of the first season of ‘Spartacus,’ giving audiences the engaging experience they’ve come to expect,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. “Fortunately, Andy is responding to his treatments, and will be able to be part of this prequel in a limited capacity. As soon as he’s able, we look forward to continuing the Spartacus story.”
Produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was the highest rated show for the 18-49 demographic among all cable networks for 12 of the 13 Fridays on which it aired based on coverage rating.* The production team remains intact for the six-part prequel.
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.1 million and 31.1 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment ( HYPERLINK “http://www.starz.com” www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Starz (NASDAQ: LSTZA), a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.
Izvor: (Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune)