EXCLUSIVE: Kirk Douglas will join Spartacus: Vengeance creator-producer Steven S. DeKnight and star Liam McIntyre at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on May 31 to discuss the cultural impact of Spartacus then and now. Douglas, who starred in the 1960 feature film, just had his book I Am Spartacus! Making A Film, Breaking The Blacklist published by Open Road Media. “I made a film about freedom at a time when freedom was in jeopardy and a blacklist had been in effect in Hollywood for more than a decade,” Douglas says. “There are parallels in today’s political climate, which is why a hero like Spartacus still resonates.” Some called for a boycott of the original film because Douglas gave screenwriting credit to blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Starz series Spartacus: Vengeance recently completed its second season after Spartacus: Blood And Sand and prequel Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena. The latter two editions have been airing in more than 150 countries.