Military Space Drama ‘Incursion’ Is Starz’ Fix For Your ‘Alien’ Obsession

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Fans of Alien rejoice, fans of Spartacus rejoice, because the two are coming together, in a way, with a new show from Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight.  The new show will be called “Incursion” and feature a strong female lead in a futuristic military action series that will be set on a different planet each season.

If that sounds ambitious, that’s because it is.  According to DeKnight his show will take influences from not only James Camerons’s Aliens, but also Halo, Black Hawk Down, and Band of Brothers.  I don’t know about you, but I’m in just based on that alone.  If you didn’t already know it, and to fuel your anticipation for this show even more, DeKnight has also worked on the Joss Whedon shows Buffy, Dollhouse, and Angel.

He’s been quoted as saying that in Incursion men and women will serve side-by-side in the same platoon.  That makes me think there’s a bit of Starship Troopers in the mix as well.  Incursion, being on Starz, won’t be a watered-down or censored show like it might be on other networks.  DeKnight has been quoted as saying, “It’s an R-rated, military show set in the future [and they’re] fighting aliens on different planets.”

From a Starz press release:

As part of STARZ overall deal with “Spartacus” creator Steven S. DeKnight, STARZ is developing “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.   In addition to his international acclaim on “Spartacus,” Steven has worked on such well-regarded series as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Smallville,” and “Dollhouse.”

Right about now I’m foaming at the mouth for this one to start today, but as always there’s a catch.  Work on the show has been going on since last year and scripts have been written, but Starz hasn’t officially green-lit the project yet.  That’s not necessarily bad news, however, because DeKnight says they want to take ample time to be sure the visuals are up to the high standards he intends the entire series to live up to.

All I have to say is, “Starz, what the heck are you waiting for?!!”


[via Blastr and HuffingtonPost]
Tom Gardiner