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29 October 2010

Gods of the Arena Scheduled For 21 January 2011


Starz has booked "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" for Friday, January 21 at 10:00/9:00c according to the just released news from TheFutoncritic


Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed though the gates onto the sand. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," the highly anticipated prequel to Starz' hit series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus (Dustin Clare) in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding it's way into the arena. The new series adds to the cast Jaime Murray as Capua's sexy social climber Gaia and Marisa Ramirez as Melitta, a beautiful slave who must face the ultimate decision of the heart. Jeffrey Thomas plays Batiatus's father Titus, the traditional and cautious Lanista, head of the Ludus. They join returning cast members John Hannah (Quintus Batiatus), Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), Peter Mensah (Oenomaus, before he becomes Doctore, the gladiator trainer) and Manu Bennett (Crixus).

As the prequel begins, Quintus Batiatus is the acting Lanista while his father Titus is on an extended visit to Sicilia. But Batiatus isn't satisfied with just the thought of taking over the Ludus one day; he aspires to political power and prestige in Capua, and perhaps beyond. In the class-conscious world of ancient Rome, the House of Batiatus must first earn the respect of both politicians and socialites before being granted the right for its gladiators to fight in the much-revered championship bouts called the Primus. Batiatus must not only survive the harsh politics of Capua, but also compel his hedonistic fighter, Gannicus, to embrace being a champion gladiator who will bring esteem and respect to the House of Batiatus.

"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" is produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight. Season one of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" was the highest rated show for the 18-49 demographic among all cable networks for 12 of the 13 Fridays on which it aired based on coverage rating.

More About Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on AUSXIP Spartacus



28 October 2010

Gods of the Arena at American Film Market 03-10 November 2010

Gods of the Arena is going to be shown at the American Film Market next week. Barbara sent in the following note about the video and news:

The implication from this page is that Starz could be screening excerpts from Gods of the Arena at the American Film Market next week - the trailer for Gota is included in the 'more from this event' items. However, there's no mention of Gota in the schedule on the AFM's own site that I can see.


AFM 2010
Nov 3rd, 2010 through Nov 10th, 2010

Over 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties at the American Film Market (AFM).

Before Spartacus or Crixus became champions of the House of Batiatus in Capua, the most feared fighter in the gladiator school was Gannicus, the central character in the highly anticipated prequel to Starz’ hit series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Batiatus’ relations with his father and his new wife Lucretia also figure prominently.




25 October 2010

Gods of the Arena Image Gallery Update


Updated the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena image galleries with Gannicus, Lucretia and Batiatus promo images.

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23 October 2010

Starz's MIPCOM catalogue - Spartacus Images

ImageThe following pdf showcases all of Starz' shows/movies. Included is Spartacus: B&S and GotA. There is one new image of Gannicus we haven't seen before in the GotA presentation.

In the Blood and Sand presentation there is one Lucretia and Batiatus promo image I haven't seen before.








You can download the pdf (26 mb)

News submitted by Barbara Davies



16 October 2010

Lucy Blogs About Younger Lucretia in Gods of the Arena

ImageLucy has posted a new message on her site about working on Gods of the Arena. In part she says:

The prequel, Gods of the Arena, is nearly at an end. It has been a rare pleasure to visit our characters as they were before the rot set in. You get to see them when they were full of hope and potential. You get to see the forces which shape their characters and the poor choices which eventually shut down their options in life.

Read the full blog post



9 October 2010

EW First Look at Spartacus: Gods of the Arena - Scan

EW Magazine 15 October 2010 has a look at Spartacus: Gods of the Arena with a promo pic of Batiatus (John Hannah) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare). Scanned by Roger - click on the thumbnail for the larger scan


For more promo images visit the AUSXIP Spartacus: Gods of the Arena promo images



5 October 2010

It's Official - Spartacus To Be Recast!

The following is from Michael Ausiello about Andy's replacement (no one can replace Andy IMO as Spartacus and the new Sparty is going to have alot to live up to). This is a follow up to what Starz CEO "If a casting change doesn't pan out, Albrecht said Starz would look at using another project from its development pipeline in late 2011") For now Starz is looking for a new Spartacus. This is good news but also bad news because Andy won't be our Spartacus.

ImageThat this was inevitable doesn’t make it any less sad: Starz has officially started looking for an actor to replace Andy Whitfield on Spartacus.

According to the just-released casting notice, producers are searching for a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s to play the “smart, intense, passionate” title role. Interested parties must have an authentic British accent and be prepared to sign a three-year contract.

Whitfield was forced to bow out of the show’s second season after doctors advised him to resume “aggressive treatment” for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last week, exec producer Steven S. DeKnight told me that the the production would either “close up shop or recast.” It looks like they’re moving forward with the latter.

ImageMy two cents: No one can replace Andy Whitfield. But the person who probably comes closest is Grant Bowler.








2 October 2010

Official Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Site Now Up


The Official Starz Spartacus: GotA site is now up and press page. No promo images have been posted yet but it's there!

Click here to view

The House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” explores its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him.

It’s a time of transition as Quintus Lentulus Batiatus takes the reins of his father’s stable of gladiators, with ambitions to elevate the house beyond all former glories. With his beautiful, scheming wife Lucretia at his side, he will stop at nothing to see his name forever carved into history.

Batiatus stakes his fortunes on the roguish gladiator Gannicus, a man whose skill with a sword is surpassed only by his appetite to live every day as if it were his last. But there are those who would see Batiatus and his champion destroyed. Loyalties are tested, lives shattered, and battles waged in this thrilling prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”



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