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James Boba Fettfield
04-02-2003, 12:00 PM
Uhhh, I'm kind of glad, yet kind of disappointed.


NEW YORK -- The Sci Fi Channel is negotiating with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks TV and the creative team who produced the 20-hour miniseries "Taken," a runaway success in December, for a fresh epic fantasy to run in 2004-05.
Untitled project, still in script development, would not be a sequel to "Taken," Sci Fi Channel prexy Bonnie Hammer said Monday at an upfront presentation to reporters.

She declined to volunteer any further details about the content of Spielberg's mini,but said the plan is for Sci Fi to commission 18 hours and schedule them in three separate six-episode bursts, one per quarter. "I look on it as a three-part franchise, similar to 'Lord of the Rings' and the 'Harry Potter' movies," she said.

Hammer also disclosed two other big-ticket miniseries in development as part of a record commitment to original shows that will result in a doubling of Sci Fi's programming budget through 2005. She wouldn't discuss dollar figures, but the network could spend more than $200 million on both original and acquired programming in 2003.

These are the two minis:


"6 Days 'Til Sunday" is a six-hour suspense thriller from Lions Gate Films about a man who discovers proof that foretells his grisly murder in six days. He has that much time to find out how to rewrite the future. Sci Fi will sked the mini over six consecutive nights. David Kirschner is executive producer.

"The Thing," the second remake of "The Thing from Another World" (1951), concerns a group of American scientists isolated in an outpost in Antarctica and their battle with a human-like alien that has survived the crash of its spaceship. This four-hour version, adapted by Gary L. Goldman, will follow more closely the John Carpenter 1982 edition, which focused on elaborate f/x and the paranoia of shape-shifting creatures that can take over the mind and body of a human being.
Series development at Sci Fi announced for the first time at the upfront include the following:


"Dead Lawyers," from DreamWorks TV, concerns attorneys who screwed clients during their working life and have to redeem themselves after death by coming back to earth and trying to help people unjustly convicted of a crime.

"The Divide," from Lions Gate TV, follows an oddball trio of crimefighters made up of a psychic latenight DJ, his dead twin sister who offers advice from beyond the grave and a local coroner. Stan Brooks is exec producer.

"Legion" concerns a young man who sells his soul to the devil and has to do battle with the forces of evil to "free himself from eternal damnation." Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone are exec producers; Whoopi Goldberg is a producer.

"Stargate: Atlantis" is a spinoff of the Sci Fi Channel's biggest series hit, "Stargate: SG-1," also produced by MGM TV.
Hammer said her bosses have signed off on Sci Fi's elaborate programming plans because the network is harvesting the best ratings in its history, coming off another record-breaking primetime quarter -- its second in a row. According to Sci Fi's researchers, the net has increased its ratings in each of the last 11 months, a claim no other web, broadcast or cable, can make.

Variety (http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=story&articleid=VR1117883907&categoryid=14&query=the+and+thing&display=the+thing&cs=1)
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QLD
04-02-2003, 12:03 PM
Crap, Crap, Crap, Crap, Crap.....and....errrr.....CRAP.....


..........In my pants!

James Boba Fettfield
04-02-2003, 12:05 PM
How can you call something that is Whoopi Goldberg produced crap?

QLD
04-02-2003, 12:08 PM
Because it was produced by Whoopi Goldberg.

James Boba Fettfield
04-02-2003, 12:29 PM
That's a good enough reason for me.

Patient Zero
04-02-2003, 12:41 PM
Well, they have to have something else when they finally realise that Tremors is crap. Damn sasfirilen hunk of chupacabra celery eaten monkey boys who cancel Farscape!

JediTricks
04-02-2003, 11:04 PM
Like a plague, I will avoid this.

LTBasker
04-02-2003, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by James Boba Fettfield
"I look on it as a three-part franchise, similar to 'Lord of the Rings' and the 'Harry Potter' movies," she said.

Someone tell her that there are more than three Harry Potter books and only two movies so far with more than three planned. :crazed:


Hmm... I wonder if it's maybe having it's biggest ratings right now because of all the frickin people who watched the ending season of Farscape maybe??...


I have no plans to watch any of this, it mostly sounds like it belongs on the Twilight zone. Ya know, there's just so many times you can remake something like the Thing, and it's been done to death already. ;)

Jedi_Master_Guyute
04-03-2003, 10:20 AM
argh, more crap!! They bring THIS stuff on and cancel MST3K?!?! Heartless @%@@#%@'s!!!!

Is "Taken" EVER going to be released on DVD!?! anyone?!?!

Anakin2121
04-03-2003, 01:35 PM
The Thing might be good. The 80s movie and last year's game were both surprisingly good, and it'd be interesting to see how it could be done with modern effects. :)

Mandalorian Candidat
04-03-2003, 03:08 PM
"Dead Lawyers," from DreamWorks TV, concerns attorneys who screwed clients during their working life and have to redeem themselves after death by coming back to earth and trying to help people unjustly convicted of a crime.

I liked this show better when it was called "Highway to Heaven meets The Practice."


I have a suggestion to SciFi Channel for a new show. It's about a cable network who is willing to dump a crap-load of money down the toilet to produce really lame programs. :rolleyes:

James Boba Fettfield
04-07-2003, 09:30 PM
Well, here's some of the movies sci-fi has planned for us. I just don't know anymore.


The Sci Fi Channel has set an extensive slate of original horror, science fiction and action movies for 2003-2004; the network intends to premiere 22 such movies this year alone. In addition to the previously announced Bruce Campbell projects MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN and EARWIGS and the long-awaited PUPPETMASTER VS. DEMONIC TOYS, the following are among the creature features on Sci Fi’s slate:

• DRAGON STORM: Co-produced by UFO Films, this is a follow-up to their January video release DRAGON FIGHTER. Maxwell Caulfield and John Rhys-Davies star for director Stephen Furst in the story of alien dragons that arise from a meteor crash, and the two warring kingdoms that have to put aside their differences to stop the scaly monsters from frying them all.

• IDAHO CREATURE INCIDENT: Shot in Bulgaria (of course), this Nu Image co-production is about a government project to use an alien being as a weapon. The creature has other ideas and rampages through the facility, whose inhabitants must stop it from escaping to the outside world. Tim Cox directs, with John Savage and Michelle Goh starring.

• GHOST MONKEY: Set to roll this spring with Promark Entertainment, this one is about a simian monster that—we can’t put this any better than the press release—“prefers human hearts to bananas,” and is pursued by a photographer and an American investigator through the streets of India. Paul Andresen will direct from a script he wrote with Ryan Rothmaier and Nina Zippay; a cast has yet to be announced.

• SNAKEHEAD TERROR: You knew this was coming: the ravenous fish that can crawl and survive out of water and grabbed headlines for a brief period last year now have their own movie. In this Cinetel production, rolling in Vancouver in the spring, the snakeheads infest a lake in Maryland and are soon threatening humans in a nearby town. Director and cast are TBA.

• GARGOYLE: A fantasy thriller pitting a magician named Marcus against the evil sorcerer Calabos, who aims to take over the world with his army of living gargoyles. Once again, no director or cast have been attached yet.

Fangoria (http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=952)

Rogue II
04-07-2003, 09:43 PM
Is the Sci-Fi channel still on the air? I think the only time I've watched it in the past year was when I saw the last half of Ice Pirates.

DarthQuack
03-12-2010, 07:21 PM
Well, they have to have something else when they finally realise that Tremors is crap. Damn sasfirilen hunk of chupacabra celery eaten monkey boys who cancel Farscape!

Well you aren't around anymore to carp on Tremors....cause I just got the series on DVD, so eat it! :p

Daryl VayDar
03-12-2010, 09:55 PM
I just got the series on DVD, so eat it! :p

That show is seriously a guilty pleasure of mine too, I've probably watched every episode 2 or 3 times...