SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND May ‘Close Up Shop’ Or Recast

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

In a follow up to recent news of Andy Whitfield leaving SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Ausiello is reporting that the Starz series may ‘close up shop’.

Starz has yet to make a decision, but executive producer Steven S. DeKnight says the series has two main options: “to close up shop or recast”. He went on to say, “I want to talk to Andy and find out how he feels about the options. That’s obviously very important to us.”

Whitfield, who played lead character Spartacus for the show’s first (and so far, only) season, was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was set to return for season 2, but left the series after doctors advised him to continue treatment.

Prequel series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, filmed during Whitfield’s prior absence, is set to air in January 2011.