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Starz keeps looking to the past

New project focuses on post-Civil War America

Starz is continuing its emphasis on period dramas, lining up a new project set in post-Civil War America.

“Men of the Dusk,” from scribe S. Craig Zahler, centers on a former Confederate soldier who oversees a group of workers who transport items and people from town to town (such as prostitutes or prisoners).

Drama is still in the early stages of development.

“Men of Dusk” reps the first TV project for Zahler, whose feature script “Brigands of Rattleborge” first earned him notice. The writer also has developed scripts at Warner Bros. and DreamWorks.

New Starz topper Chris Albrecht has been busy lining up projects for the pay cabler, recently announcing two dramas in the works from Ben Silverman’s Electus: “William the Conquerer” and “Peacekeeper.”

Starz also has greenlighted the international co-productions “Pillars of the Earth” and “Camelot.”

Other development in the work at Starz include a series based on Gael Greene’s memoir “Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess.”

Emphasis on period pieces comes as Starz has found a hit in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” which just ended its first season to strong numbers.

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