Starz Developing Two New Series From J. Michael Straczynski & Steven DeKnight

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Starz has put two new series projects into development: Vlad Dracula from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski & Roy Lee (The Ring) and Incursion from Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight.

Vlad Dracula, a collaboration between Straczynski, Lee and veteran produer Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess), is a unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. Vlad Dracula traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.

Created by DeKnight, Incursion is and epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen.

Speaking of both Vlad Dracula and Incursion, Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Straz, said: “Steven DeKnight, J. Michael Straczynski, Roy Lee and Rob Tapert are legendary talents, having created some of the most groundbreaking and iconic television series with incredibly passionate fan bases the world over. We are thrilled to work with such sophisticated auteurs and producers as we grow the slate of unique Starz original series.”