Starz Announces New Dramas From Spartacus and Babylon 5 Creators

Starz has announced two new dramas; Incursion from Spartacus creator Steven S DeKnight and Vlad Dracula from Babylon 5/Crusade creator & writer J. Michael Straczynski.

The end of historical drama Spartacus may be in sight but Steven S DeKnight’s relationship with broadcaster Starz is set to continue. DeKnight has a new sci-fi series in development with the broadcaster titled Incursion which will follow a group of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race.

Meanwhile J. Michael Straczynski is developing a new television series for Starz with Roy Lee; Vlad Dracula. Straczynski created and wrote the 1990s epic sci-fi series Babylon 5 which raised the bar for genre programmes and push the boundaries of special effects and story-telling. Babylon 5 became a serious rival for the Star Trek franchise and built itself a very loyal fanbase across its original five year run. The series spawned several television movies and the short-lived spin-off Crusade which was also created by Straczynski.

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As part of STARZ overall deal with “Spartacus” creator Steven S. DeKnight, STARZ is developing “Incursion,” an epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen. In addition to his international acclaim on “Spartacus,” Steven has worked on such well-regarded series as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Smallville,” and “Dollhouse.

J. Michael Straczynski is the wildly successful writer and producer whose credits include such fan classics as Thor, Underworld: Awakening, “Babylon 5,” and The Changeling. He has teamed with horror master Roy Lee, whose credits include such hits as The Ring, The Strangers and The Woman in Black in developing “Vlad Dracula” with veteran producer Rob Tapert, whose credits include the international Starz hit series, “Spartacus,” iconic “Xena: Warrior Princess,” Evil Dead and The Grudge. The project is a unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. “Vlad Dracula” traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.

Managing Director of Starz, Carmi Zlotnik said “Steven DeKnight, J. Michael Straczynski, Roy Lee and Rob Tapert are legendary talents, having created some of the most groundbreaking and iconic television series with incredibly passionate fan bases the world over. We are thrilled to work with such sophisticated auteurs and producers as we grow the slate of unique Starz original series.”

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