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'Monsters of God' drama series announced by Starz

UPI News Service, 06/12/2013 

Starz says it is developing "Monsters of God," a Texas-set, post-American civil war drama series from writer, director and producer Rod Lurie.

Lurie's credits include "The Contender," "The Last Castle" and "Straw Dogs."

He is working on "Monsters of God" with Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production company.

Lurie and his long-time producing partner Marc Frydman will executive produce via their Battleplan Productions banner.

Set in Texas in 1867, during the Comanche Wars, "Monsters of God" follows two powerful ex-cavalry men, a war-hungry colonel, and his seemingly by-the-book executive officer as they struggle to maintain order over the men in their command, faced with the challenges of an uncivilized territory and their own inner demons, a synopsis said.

No casting has been announced yet.

"'Monsters of God' will be set against the backdrop of a one of most savage times in our nation's history, the Comanche Wars, centered on two men faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges," Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz, said in a statement Wednesday.

"We could not be more thrilled to team up with Rod Lurie, who not only conducted extensive research but has an incredible track record for bringing political and psychological thrillers to life in a way that we think our viewers will find compelling."

"If you want to make a series that is big, ballsy and epic, you go to Starz," Lurie said. "I am hoping that the show will have enormous scope, but never at the expense of historical accuracy. My fellow producers and I can't wait to take a shot at this."

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