Don’t Worry, Kubrick Fans, This Isn’t A Remake: GK Films Acquires SPARTACUS Pitch from 300 Co-Writer Michael B. Gordon

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Rebel uprising leader Spartacus is heading back to the silver screen courtesy of Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films banner. The label has acquired a pitch from 300 co-writer Michael B. Gordon that will introduce the legendary military leader to a new generation of moviegoers more than fifty years after Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. Those suffering from remake fatigue needn’t worry as Variety reports that the film will make a point to avoid replicating the aforementioned Kubrick pic as well as the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Instead, the project will focus on depicting Spartacus in a more historically accurate light via centering on his leading gladiators and slaves in a revolt against the Roman Empire.

In addition to 300 and this most recent work, Gordon also received a story credit on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As for GK Films, the label is only in its fourth year of existence and already has a number of high-profile pics to its name including The Town, Rango, Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Hugo, and the forthcoming reboots of Tomb Raider and Dark Shadows.

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  • Pills26

    Huh, in my mind “300 screenwriter” and “historically accurate” do not link together, but as a history buff I’m willing to give it try.

  • Edward Lee

    Uh, Jason, here’s a tip … you might wanna actually research the story of Spartacus before you dismiss SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND as being historically inaccurate. While the characters and situations are clearly subject to creative interpretation, the essentially structure of the story told in the first season coincides with several established facts.

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  • Spartacus!

    As a fan of the STARZ series, and also a fan of Andy Whitfield, I would like to suggest him for the role of Spartacus in the big screen version. He has an amazing following from the series, and as this movie would begin at the uprising, he will be able to play the role just as you want, free of preconceived notions from his previous portrayal.

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