It seems that The Sci-Fi Channel is moving into big-budget 4-hour remakes with news that they have enlisted Ridley Scott to exec produce and oversee a version of 1971's thriller The Andromeda Strain and also Frank Darabont to supervise the updated version of Carpenter's classic The Thing (itself an update of Howard Hawks / Christian Nyby's 1951 original).
Variety reports: "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").
Mark Stern, executive VP of program development for Sci Fi, said 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."
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