Babylon 5 creator and comics writer J. Michael Straczynski has partnered with The Ring scribe Roy Lee for Vlad Dracula, an original series in development for Starz.
Produced by Hollywood veteran Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess, The Grudge), the drama is described as a unique spin on the classic story, blending elements of the historical 15th-century prince with the fictional vampire, tracing his rise and fall “as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.”
The cable channel is also reteaming with Spartacus creator Steven K. DeKnight to develop Incursion, a sci-fi action thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against an alien race. Each season will feature a new planet as humanity pushes deeper into alien territory.
“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,” Carmi Zlotnik, Starz’s managing director, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to work with such sophisticated auteurs and producers as we grow the slate of unique Starz original series.”