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24 May 2010

Spartacus Prequel Shooting Date and Season 2 News


OnFilm, New Zealand's Screen Production Industry Magazine reports that the Spartacus Prequel will start shooting on 2 August and when they finish with the 6 episode mini-series, it will be followed up by the production of Season 2.

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Keep updated with Spartacus Prequel on AUSXIP House of Batiatus
Keep updated with Spartacus Season 2 News

News submitted by Barbara Davies



23 May 2010

Prequel News From Steven

Steven DeKnight has posted the following in Twitter about the prequel:




For more about the Spartacus prequel go to AUSXIP House of Batiatus



21 May 2010

AUSXIP Interviews Lesley-Ann Answers Fan Questions

ImageAUSXIP Interviews Lesley-Ann Brandt
Lesley-Ann Answers Fan Questions

20 May 2010

Recently fans were asked to submit their questions to Lesley-Ann (Naevia) Manu Bennett (Crixus), the super couple of Season 1, below are Lesley-Ann's responses. We hope to bring you Manu's interview soon. Many thanks to Lesley-Ann for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer the fan's questions

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20 May 2010

Erin To Appear on Spartacus Prequel?

ImageFans have been asking if Erin will be appearing on the Spartacus Prequel (still untitled) as Sura which will be broadcast in January 2011. It has been confirmed that Andy will be in the prequel for two episodes.

Erin has responded to questions from fans by tweeting the following

For those asking, no, I won't be in the Sparty prequel. Story is centered around the ludus. @LesleyAnnBrandt will though and she's awesome!



18 May 2010

Lesley-Ann Video Interview On The Red Carpet


Lesley-Ann was interviewed by On the Red Carpet at the 2010 Cable Show Convention.

Star of 'Spartacus' recovering, ready soon for season two

Fans of Spartacus on Starz can now rejoice. The racey period piece about the Roman Empire is coming back in a six episode prequel early next year, and production is expected to resume soon on season two.

The show was delayed when star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with early-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Sources at the network say Whitfield is recoving and he will be in season two. On the Red Carpet's Chris Balish caught up with one of the stars of the show, actress Lesley-Ann Brandt, and asked about Whitfield's health. "He’s great. I just got an email from him and he’s doing really good. He’s just about finished his treatment."

Brandt went on to say that fans of the show can expect plenty more of the show, "We’re ready to give you guys another couple of great seasons of Spartacus for sure.”

Spartacus will air a six episode prequel this summer, followed by season two, next year on Starz.

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News submitted by Lori



14 May 2010

Michael Hurst To Direct Spartacus Prequel Episode

Michael Hurst will be directing an episode of the Spartacus Prequel according to our friends over at

Michael has also directed episodes of Spartacus Blood and Sand (Episodes 1.5 "Shadow Games," 1.9 "Whore," and 1.12 "Revelations," as well as the splinter unit (a few scenes) for episode 1.13 Kill Them All

For the most up to date Michael Hurst news go to



13 May 2010

Batiatus Lives! Prequel Update from Steven


The resurrections have began! Steven has tweeted the following about preparations for the prequel

@stevendeknight: Almost finished breaking ep 1 of Spartacus prequel. Batiatus lives -- and curses -- again!

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12 May 2010

The Hollywood Reporter Spartacus Prequel Cover 12 May 2010

ImageThe Hollywood Reporter has the news about the Spartacus prequel but that's not what had me a little excited. It's the front cover of the print The Hollywood Reporter that made smile. Lucy and John are featured on the front; top left hand corner.

The Hollywood Reporter
12 May 2010

Summer start for Starz prequel
Starz hails ‘Spartacus’ with six-part prequel

ImageNEW YORK — Starz will air a six-part prequel to its original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in January, with Andy Whitfield, who plays the title character, making a brief appearance.

Lucy Lawless (Lucretia) and John Hannah (Batiatus) will take center stage in the story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus. The title has not been determined, but the prequel will begin production in the summer in New Zealand. Production on the second season of “Spartacus” has been delayed because of Whitfield’s cancer.



12 May 2010

Lesley-Ann Confirms Filming Date


Lesley-Ann, who is currently in the US to attend the Cable Show convention on 13 May sent the following note about confirming she was in the prequel and the date the prequel starts shooting:

Happy to confirm that I am part of the Spartacus prequel and we start filming in July! Can't wait!

Check out Lesley-Ann's Official fan site for more info on The Cable Show Convention



12 May 2010

New Subsite - The House of Batiatus

ImageAUSXIP The House of Batiatus is a subsite dedicated to the prequel of Spartacus Blood and Sand Season 1. That's not the name of the mini-series, I just liked it and I'm using as the name of the site.

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12 May 2010

Starz Press Release Spartacus Prequel 11 May 2010


News Release Issued: May 11, 2010 4:36 PM EDT

Production on Starz' 'Spartacus' Six-Part Prequel to Begin This Summer

Andy Whitfield to Appear In Two Episodes Along With Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah Plus Other Returning and New Characters

LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- NCTA Cable Show 2010 -- Pre-production is underway on a six-part prequel to Starz' hit original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."  

Andy Whitfield, who played the title character in the series, will appear in the prequel briefly, but Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage in this story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a captured Thracian slave.  With the title still to be determined, the prequel will begin production this summer in New Zealand, and is slated to air on Starz in January 2011.

John Hannah returns as Batiatus, owner of the Ludus, along with his wife Lucretia, played by Lucy Lawless.  Other returning actors include Peter Mensah (Doctore), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Antonio Te Maioha (Barca), Nick E. Tarabay (Ashur), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia) - and others.  New characters will also be added - most notably the gladiator who was champion of the House of Batiatus before Spartacus or even Crixus - who will help fill in the story about the people and politics in the House of Batiatus and ancient Capua as a whole.

Production on the second season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" was postponed this spring to allow Andy Whitfield to be treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in New Zealand. His doctors indicate that the actor is responding well.



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