Starz, an American premium cable network, announced that it's preparing a six-part prequel of its series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Furthermore, production on the prequel begins this summer in New Zealand and the premiere will be on January 2011.
While a title for the prequel has yet to be announced, the story will be centred on the characters of Batatius (John Hannah), the owner of a ludus (a training camp for gladiators), and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), his wife. The story will document the rise of the House of Batatius and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a Thracian slave. A new character will be added, especially the gladiator who was champion of the House of Batiatus before Spartacus or even Crixus. Moreover, this gladiator will help to fill in the story about the people and politics in the House of Batiatus along with ancient Capua as a whole.
Returning actors will include Peter Mensah (as Doctore), Manu Bennett (as Crixus), Antonio Te Maioha (as Barca), Nick E. Tarabay (as Ashur) and Lesley-Ann Brandt (as Naevia) just to name a few.
As for the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, its production was interrupted this spring. In fact, Starz wanted Andy Whitfield, the actor who plays Spartacus, to be treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Finally, here is the trailer of Spartacus: Blood and Sand's first season.