A&E TEAMS WITH RIDLEY SCOTT & TONY SCOTT TO RECREATE THE MICHAEL CRICHTON CLASSIC THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
FOUR-HOUR MINISERIES GREENLIT FOR SUMMER 2007 PRODUCTION
TWO-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE MIKAEL SALOMON SLATED TO DIRECT
NEW YORK� May 1, 2007 � A&E Network is set to team up with Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator) and Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Top Gun) to recreate the Michael Crichton medical thriller "The Andromeda Strain," it was announced today by Bob DeBitetto, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E. Production on the four-hour miniseries will commence Summer 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"'The Andromeda Strain' is the perfect fit for A&E's unique brand of dramatic entertainment, featuring evocative stories, powerful characters and A-list auspices," said DeBitetto. "Ridley Scott and Tony Scott are two of the true visionaries of our time whose bodies of work have molded our perception of progressive storytelling, on film and television. We're thrilled to be working with them and their team on this iconic material."
Based on the debut novel by Michael Crichton, A&E's recreation of "The Andromeda Strain" will be directed by two-time Academy award nominee Mikael Salomon (Backdraft, The Abyss) with a script written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (The Quiet American). Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, and David W. Zucker are Executive Producers for Scott Free Productions and Tom Thayer is Executive Producer for Traveler's Rest Films.
A deadly bacteria � code named The Andromeda Strain - is let loose after a U.S. government satellite crash-lands in Arizona. The bacteria unleashes a lethal plague that wipes out an entire town leaving only two survivors - an old man and an infant � to provide clues to immunizing the population. As the military tries to contain the spreading disaster, only a hastily assembled team of scientists can hope to find a cure and stop the Andromeda Strain from spreading.
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