Steven DeKnight has wowed us with his work on shows like Buffy, Smallville and Spartacus — and now, he's bringing back interplanetary warfare, with a show for Starz called Incursion. Which sounds, basically, like Starship Troopers: The Series. Here's how Starz describes Incursion:
An 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.
We've been huge fans of DeKnight's for over a decade, and this sounds honestly like a super promising idea — and the "one planet per season" thing could keep costs low enough that the effects can look decent. Plus, if it has as much nudity as Spartacus, then it really will be like a Starship Troopers series. Heh.
Meanwhile, Starz also announced a new Dracula show by Babylon 5's J. Michael Straczynski with Roy Lee and Rob Tapert. Here's how they describe Vlad Dracula:
The project 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.
Another vampire show? Okay, if you insist. Could be sort of Game of Thrones-y, I guess.