10/10/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
SCIFI Channel and RHI Entertainment - the bods behind Tin Man - are getting together to make six new science fiction television movies. They include a War of the Worlds-style adventure set in the wild west (one for the steampunk fans), and what sounds a lot like Black Hawk Down crossed with Tremors. There's also a couple of fantasy flicks in the can, Rise of the Gargoyle, and Hellhounds.
The agreement was announced by Thomas Vitale at SCIFI Channel and Robert Halmi at RHI Entertainment.
"We are thrilled to be working with SCI FI Channel again," said Halmi. "The RHI SCI FI partnership has already turned out highly rated and acclaimed productions, including most recently, the Emmy Award winning Tin Man. We are confident that these chilling, action-packed films will continue the tradition of success this partnership has enjoyed to date."
"RHI understands our audience and knows how to deliver the kind of powerful, edge-of-your-seat entertainment our viewers crave," Vitale told SFcrowsnest. "These movies will be a great addition to our Most Dangerous Night of Television weekend franchise and we look forward to seeing them on our air."
The deal includes basic cable rights for five new horror and thriller projects. Two of the films have already wrapped production on location in Romania, including Hellhounds, directed by Ricky Schroder (Andromeda Strain, 24). Set in 500 B.C., Hellhounds stars Scott Elrod (Men in Trees) as a Greek warrior who fights against the demonic hellhounds of Hades in order to rescue his bride (Amanda Brooks, My Best Friend's Girl) and bring her back to life.
Rise of the Gargoyle has also just completed production. It stars Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under) as a struggling author in Paris who finds himself face to face with a horrific monster – a real live version of the stone gargoyles he's devoted his life to studying. Rise of the Gargoyle is directed by Bill Corcoran (Atomic Twister, Vipers).
Production on the following SFF films, also to be shot on location in Romania, will begin early next year...
Set in an old west town in the 1890's, monstrous buglike machines from another world attack anyone who gets in their way;
Based on the Jersey Devil legend, a fiendish carnival sideshow attraction, half-animal and half-devil, escapes and terrorizes the denizens of a Depression-era Mid-Atlantic town;
American combat soldiers in the Afghan desert must battle both the Taliban and a horde of giant carnivorous wormlike serpents awakened from under the earth.
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