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.