A prequel series to Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been given the green light by Starz.
The six-part prequel series will star John Hannah and Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless as Batiatus and Lucretia respectively.
Due to start shooting in New Zealand this summer, the series will focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus.
“The prequel story maintains the excitement and entertainment value of the first season of ‘Spartacus,’ giving audiences the engaging experience they’ve come to expect,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.
However the second series of Spartacus has been delayed due to the diagnosis of star Andy Whitfield with cancer.
Albrecht added: “Fortunately, Andy is responding to his treatments, and will be able to be part of this prequel in a limited capacity. As soon as he’s able, we look forward to continuing the Spartacus story.”