12:00pm ET, 3-April-02
SCI FI Slate Announced
The SCI FI Channel announced that it is developing an ambitious slate of original miniseries and movies, including several backdoor pilots for possible series.
Anchored by its upcoming 20-hour epic miniseries Taken, from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg, SCI FI said it will air four major movie or miniseries events a year, starting in 2003. A list of miniseries and movies follows.
Battlestar Galactica. This four-hour miniseries re-imagines the classic '70s SF TV series. Ronald D. Moore (Roswell) wrote the script, with Breck Eisner (Taken) attached to direct. Distributed by USA Cable Entertainment, the project will be executive produced by David Eick.
Myst. The four-hour miniseries is inspired by the best-selling video game and uncovers an ancient civilization that existed for thousands of years beneath the surface of the Earth--a civilization that created magical books allowing one to travel to other worlds. A Mandalay Television Pictures production for SCI FI, Myst is executive produced by Elizabeth Stephen with Rand Miller and Susan Bonds of Cyan, in association with Columbia Tri Star
The Forever War. Based on Joe Haldeman's Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning classic novel, this four-hour miniseries is an epic love story that spans a thousand-year war. The miniseries will be executive produced by Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund (Star Wars), with Peter Sussman and Ed Gernon executive producing for Alliance Atlantis. John Fasano (Alien 3) wrote the script.
The Chronicles of Amber. Based on Roger Zelazny's best-selling 10-volume series, this four-hour miniseries tells the story of a royal family with amazing powers over time and space, which is plagued by infighting as it tries to unite against a sinister enemy. Richard Christian Matheson will write the screenplay. Tom Patricia of Patriarch Pictures will serve as executive producer.
On the Seventh Day. The seven-hour limited series takes place in the year 2850 in a an overcrowded world in which the government has assigned people only one day a week to live, while spending the remaining six days in cryogenic suspension. Gary Sherman (First Wave) will executive produce and write the original series, to be distributed through USA Cable Entertainment.
Colosseum. In this two-hour original movie, modern-day fight promoter Tommy Pettigrew finds himself transported back in time to the Colosseum of Rome in the year 95 AD. Sam Egan (Jeremiah) wrote the script; Mario Azzipardi directs. Egan and Azzipardi will executive produce with Matt Loze.
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