RIDLEY ABOARD SCI-FI REMAKES
The Sci Fi Channel has signed Ridley Scott to executive produce and supervise a four-hour remake of the 1971 thriller The Andromeda Strain and Frank Darabont to take charge of a four-hour remake of The Thing, reports Variety.
Scott and Darabont join an already bulging roster of Hollywood players working on projects for Sci Fi, including Steven Spielberg (Nine Lives), Martin Scorsese (The Twelve), Gale Anne Hurd (Red Mars), Nicolas Cage (Dresden Files) and Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin (The Triangle).
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is writing the adaptation of 'Andromeda,' based on Michael Crichton's novel, and David Johnson is working on the script of The Thing, based on the short story 'Who Goes There' by John W. Campbell Jr.
Darabont said Johnson should complete his adaptation by Christmas and shooting could get under way next year for an airdate on Sci Fi of either December 2005 or early spring 2006.
The Thing deals with an alien parasite, which can take over the mind and body of a human being, causing havoc on a military compound isolated at the tip of the South Pole.
The Andromeda Strain centers on a group of scientists who gather at an underground facility to destroy a virus from outer space that that has killed the inhabitants of a small town in New Mexico.
Courtesy of Coming Soon