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Despite a Kubrick film and a TV show, Spartacus getting another movie

07.20.2011

I know it's reboot frenzy down in Hollywood right now, but you're starting to veer into dangerous waters. Despite an immortal Stanley Kubrick film, it has been deemed that SPARTACUS should live again with a new adaption from 300 co-writer Michael B Gordon and producer Graham King.

And no, this is not a big screen version of the recently blood and sex soaked TV show on Starz, which is coming back for a new season in a bit. This is entirely its own thing, a new telling of the legendary man who was a slave turned revolutionary who won many a decisive battle against the Roman empire. Sure, he was eventually crushed by Marcus Crassus, but his story is moving enough to inspire apparently multiple films about his exploits today.

This new project is said to stick closer to historical fact, though how close that would be remains to be seen. I would imagine its going to be more of a 300 visual epic than a Kubrick character study, though they could end up surprising us.

Do we need another telling of the tale of Spartacus? Has the reboot train run off the rails with this one?

Extra Tidbit: I freaking love the Starz series. Best season finale of practically any show I've ever seen.
Source: Variety

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6:05AM on 07/21/2011
Kill them all.
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7:36PM on 07/20/2011
Where the fuck is the Hannibal movie?
Where the fuck is the Hannibal movie?
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5:48PM on 07/20/2011

"stick closer to historical fact"

History is written by the victors.
History is written by the victors.
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3:05PM on 07/20/2011
I don't see the point. Both angles of the story have been covered, from the dramatic to the action packed. So what new thing is this going to add? Nothing, that's what.
I don't see the point. Both angles of the story have been covered, from the dramatic to the action packed. So what new thing is this going to add? Nothing, that's what.
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12:51PM on 07/20/2011
Spartacus is an interesting historical story.. but its somewhat faithfully being told in the television series. Not sure a movie is necessary.
Spartacus is an interesting historical story.. but its somewhat faithfully being told in the television series. Not sure a movie is necessary.
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12:43PM on 07/20/2011

Lame


That is all.

That is all.
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12:42PM on 07/20/2011
I wouldn't say the reboot rain has run off the rails. When it comes to interpretations of historical stories and in some cases even literary adaptations (look at all the Frankensteins out there... it's a damn good story) I wouldn't say additional tellings are in fact "reboots". If they make another Spartacus movie I wouldn't think it would be stepping on the toes of the Kirk Douglas/Stanley Kubrick(/Anthony Mann, kinda) film. I mean, I love Oliver Stone's "Alexander" but I still find it a pity
I wouldn't say the reboot rain has run off the rails. When it comes to interpretations of historical stories and in some cases even literary adaptations (look at all the Frankensteins out there... it's a damn good story) I wouldn't say additional tellings are in fact "reboots". If they make another Spartacus movie I wouldn't think it would be stepping on the toes of the Kirk Douglas/Stanley Kubrick(/Anthony Mann, kinda) film. I mean, I love Oliver Stone's "Alexander" but I still find it a pity we didn't also get to see Baz Lurhmann's rendition and I'm still interested in checking out other tellings, for example Theodoros Angelopoulos' "O Megalexandros". All that said, if this is gonna be another 300, count me out.
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12:03PM on 07/20/2011
As far as the tidbit goes, I most certainly agree. That finale was better than most movie finales I have seen. Hell that whole series is a masterpiece and I certainly can not wait for the next season.

As for this attempt, its obvious they just are looking for an easy cash in. Leave it to hollywood to be without a single ounce of imagination. This however could be a fantastic movie if done under the right circumstances so I wont pass final judgement on this just yet.
As far as the tidbit goes, I most certainly agree. That finale was better than most movie finales I have seen. Hell that whole series is a masterpiece and I certainly can not wait for the next season.

As for this attempt, its obvious they just are looking for an easy cash in. Leave it to hollywood to be without a single ounce of imagination. This however could be a fantastic movie if done under the right circumstances so I wont pass final judgement on this just yet.
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4:55PM on 07/20/2011
By Zeus's cock, that show is brilliant!
By Zeus's cock, that show is brilliant!
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