Steven S. DeKnight helped put the Starz network on the map with the vicious, graphic-novel-inspired Spartacus: Blood and Sand. That show was struck with tragedy when blazingly talented lead actor Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which later claimed his life. While the series has continued on with a new actor in the role of Spartacus, it was announced a while ago that the next season will also be the last one, leaving many wondering what creator DeKnight would bring us next. Now that question has been answered: DeKnight is developing a science fiction series called Incursion for Starz.
There’s no word on when Incursion will launch, but with Spartacus: War of the Damned set to air beginning to air in January 2013, it would seem to make sense to have Incursion ready to step in just as Spartacus is bowing out. Here are what few details we have about Incursion‘s storyline, via Deadline:
DeKnight’s Incursion 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.
Although Starz has found success with shows such as Spartacus, Kelsey Grammer’s Boss, and the period crime drama Magic City, Incursion will be the network’s first ongoing foray into science fiction. It previously dipped a toe into the genre with the disappointing Doctor Who spinoff miniseries, Torchwood: Miracle Day, but that’s better off forgotten. The thought of a DeKnight-helmed SF series is enticing, and the structure of covering a different planet in the ongoing military campaign with each season sounds intriguing. Plus, with Starz’s penchant for edgy subject matter, Incursion is likely to be unlike any science fiction show we’ve seen before. I’ll be sad to see Spartacus go, but I also can’t wait to see what Incursion has to offer.