Starz said today that it is in development on two original series projects from familiar folks: a sci-fi action thriller from Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight via his overall deal at the network and another from the team of J Michael Straczynski, Roy Lee and Spartacus producer Rob Tapert titled Vlad Dracula. That means the network is staying in business with the team behind Spartacus, one of its most successful franchises that is ending its run next year.
DeKnight’s Incursion 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. Vlad Dracula, meanwhile, will blend historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia with the fictional Dracula, tracing his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire. (more…)