Spartacus Creator Steven S. DeKnight's Sci-Fi Thriller, Dracula Revisit in Development at Starz

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Two new projects in development at Starz prove that the cable network isn’t afraid to go dark and gritty when it knows it’s in good hands.

Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight is working on Incursion, a sci-fi action thriller about soldiers engaged in war with an alien race. The hook: Each season will take place on a new planet as the good guys push farther and farther onto the extraterrestrials’ turf. The project, which promises harsh combat scenes and complex male and female characters set against an intergalactic backdrop, is part of DeKnight’s overall deal with the cable channel.

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The second series, Vlad Dracula, blends historical fact about the 15th century’s Prince of Wallachia and vampire lore to tell the tale of the most famous bloodsucker of all time. The team behind the horror-based series includes J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Babylon 5), Roy Lee (The Ring) and Rob Tapert (Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess).

Comments (18)

  • I’ve gotta say, these both sound pretty awesome…

    Comment by wordsmith – July 11, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gotta Love Scifi.
    Dracula Is So Overrated Though,,,,

    Comment by adambramle – July 11, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Both of these sound awesome!! Cannot wait to check them out.
    Hope there will be some badass female characters! Love the ones on Spartacus, so I’m not too worried.
    And if they could get Lucy Lawless onto one of those shows, I’d be a happy camper

    Comment by mia – July 11, 2012 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Starz, the new science fiction and fantasy network. Suck it, Syfy.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – July 11, 2012 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I just hope they avoid showing us Vlad’s… “impaler” like they avoided showing us Merlin’s “wand” in Camelot and Captain Jack’s “Torchwood” in Miracle Day. Seeing Spartacus’ “lance” was more than enough.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – July 11, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely interested in Incursion.

    Comment by Teaghan – July 11, 2012 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Katee Sackoff needs to be in this…

    Comment by wooster182 – July 11, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes I like the sound of both these shows but like someone said, please add Lucy Lawless to one of these shows.

    Comment by fernando rodriguez (@Fernanaberry) – July 11, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JAmes MArsters as a general in the army versus the aliens!!!

    Comment by JASon – July 11, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, basically, like Spartacus, its a lot of blood and gratuitous sex, but set a couple thousand years into the future. Awesome.

    Comment by I'm There! – July 11, 2012 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These shows sound so awesome that both being in development seemed like an april’s fools joke to me.

    Also, get Amy Friggin’ Acker in one of these. I want her back on tv, am I the only one that wants her back on tv? Make her a vampire or something, she can be creepy.

    Comment by ArcaneW – July 12, 2012 01:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Incursion” sounds kinda like Starship Troopers.

    Comment by zad – July 12, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Welcome back to series TV J. Michael Straczynski. I’m a huge fan of Babylon 5 – was my favorite sci-fi series ever (inching out STNG, but only by 1/2 inch). I really enjoyed the long-term story, amazing character development, and considering the shi**y budget, pretty damn decent effects. Looking forward to Vlad just to see what JMS will do with it.

    Comment by Elaine – July 12, 2012 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If Straczynski’s comic book work is any indication, he’ll get bored with the story/argue with his bosses halfway through and quit.

      Comment by Jeff Spaulding – August 24, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How would I go about getting starz?

    Comment by Kevin H – January 7, 2013 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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