The list of new shows debuting at Comic-Con in San Diego just grew by one more. Starz Entertainment plans to showcase its new show featuring Xena and Battlestar Galactica alumi Lucy Lawless at the Con. The new show Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which is Exec. Produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight, will run for 13 episodes on the network and in addition, will have a tie-in comic book to be published by Devil’s Due.
According to the network, the show “follows the world of gladiators comes to life as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena.” In addition, it “is an entirely new vision of the ancient legend and will utilize virtual environments giving it a unique graphic novel look and style, along with a fresh narrative approach.”
As for the show’s storyline, it “was inspired by the actual slave of the Roman Republic who in 73 BC led a slave revolt that grew to more than 120,000 fighters. Defying the Roman Republic’s legions of soldiers, they campaigned for two years through much of what is now Italy before succumbing to a much larger army. The new series will tell a new set of stories rich in character, action, sex and combat.”
Sounds cool. And really, who doesn’t like Lucy Lawless? Spartacus: Blood and Sand debuts on Starz in January 2010. And, if you happen to be at Comic-C0n on July 24th, be sure to check out the show’s panel featuring Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight. We’ll see you there.