GK Films has plans to bring Spartacus back to the big screen in a film version designed to play up the historical aspects of the figure, Variety reports. Their take is based on a pitch by Michael B. Gordon, the writer of 300.
“GK is developing ‘Spartacus’ as a film,” the studio wrote on their Twitter feed, “focusing on the rebel leader who took on the Roman Empire for 2 years. ‘Spartacus’ will eschew the fictionalized storylines, and rely instead on more historic facts of Spartacus as a revolutionary. Focusing on him leading a band of 70000 elite gladiators and 50000 freed slaves in revolt against the Roman war machine between 73 and 71 BC.”
Most famously adapted by Stanley Kubrick in 1960, Spartacus has also been the subject of a recent Starz television series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Both versions are said to be substantially more fictionalized than GK Films’ version will be.