Spartacus Gets The Violent Treatment

Starz’s new cable TV series version of “Spartacus” will be “a totally R-rated-hard-hard show” producers Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight tell THR Feed.

The producers see an opportunity for an intensely graphic action-drama series, described as ‘Gladiator’ meets ‘Deadwood’, with the first draft of the script essentially NC-17 in terms of sex and violence that had to be toned down just a bit.

“Much like ‘300,’ there will be a visual beauty to the way it is shot. There’s an ode to violence … there are decapitations, people being split in half … we don’t want to shy away form violence or sexuality. The beauty of being on premium cable is there is no story we can’t tell” says DeKnight.

The 100% green-screen production will cover the same ground as Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film take on the property, plus have additional characters and story lines.