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'Spartacus' Prequel Heading to Starz

by Chris Harnick, posted May 11th 2010 5:15PM
Lucy LawlessStarz is rolling out a six-part prequel to its hit series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' but with series star Andy Whitfield being treated for cancer, Lucy Lawless and John Hannah will be the focal point of the new show.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series will follow Lucretia (Lawless) and Batiatus (Hannah) and their champions before Spartacus. Production on the second season of 'Spartacus' has been delayed due to Whitfield's cancer diagnosis. However, Whitfield will be making an appearance in the prequel series.

The title of the series is still to be determined, but it will start production this summer in New Zealand.

"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," Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a conference call. "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.&

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