[04/22/08 - 04:24 PM]
Rhi Original Production "DR. Jekyll and MR. Hyde" Makes Its U.S. Television Debut
The original movie, which premieres May 17 on ION, stars Dougray Scott, Tom Skerritt and Krista Bridges.

[via press release from ION]

RHI Original Production "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Makes Its U.S. Television Debut

Contemporary Re-Telling of Classic Tale to Premiere on ION Television May 17

NEW YORK -- RHI Entertainment announced today that the two-hour original production Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will make its U.S. television debut during the RHI Movie Weekend on ION Television, Saturday, May 17 (9/8c).

A contemporary take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic mystery, this updated version of the story emphasizes the title character's internal transformation and relies on suggestion as well as special-effects. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stars Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission Impossible II, RHI's The Ten Commandments), Emmy´┐Ż Award winner Tom Skerritt (Brothers & Sisters, Picket Fences, A River Runs Through It) and Krista Bridges (Blythe & Virginia, Late Fragments).

Dr. Henry Jekyll is a well-regarded physician whose evenings are spent researching a rare and sacred Amazonian flower so potent it is said to separate the soul, giving life to man's dark self. When a series of brutal murders ensues, Jekyll knows it is Edward Hyde, his bloody and violent alter ego, who is responsible. Unable to control Hyde and desperate to end his misery, Jekyll enlists the help of the compassionate attorney, Claire Wheaton, a new character introduced for this new adaptation.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was shot in Montreal during the summer of 2007. The television movie was written by Paul Margolis (Sirens, MacGyver), directed by Paolo Barzman (Emotional Arithmetic, Relic Hunter) and produced by Irene Litinsky (Human Trafficking, The Wool Cap) and Francois Sylvestre (The Human Stain, Where the Money Is). Robert Halmi, Sr., Robert Halmi, Jr. and Michael Prupas are executive producers.

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a timeless tale about good and evil and the dual nature of man," said Robert Halmi, Jr., President and CEO of RHI Entertainment. "This ingeniously re-imagined adaptation brings the haunting classic to life in a contemporary setting while still remaining true to the original story."

"This film will captivate viewers of all ages and interests," said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO of ION Media Networks. "The new RHI production further builds on our commitment to make ION Television the weekend destination for quality programming that will attract and delight the widest possible audience."

About RHI Entertainment

RHI Entertainment, LLC develops, produces and distributes new made-for-television movies, miniseries and other television programming worldwide, and is the leading provider of new long-form television content in the U.S. Under the guidance of Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr., RHI has produced and distributed thousands of hours of quality television programming, and RHI's productions have received more than 100 Emmy Awards. During 2007, RHI developed, produced and distributed approximately 43 new television movies and miniseries to broadcast and cable networks around the world. In addition to the development, production and distribution of new content, RHI owns rights to approximately 1,000 titles, or over 3,500 broadcast hours of long-form television programming, which are licensed to broadcast and cable networks and new media outlets globally.

About ION Media Networks

ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, reaching over 94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. ION Television currently features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television, among others. ION Media has also partnered with RHI Entertainment, which owns over 4,000 hours of acclaimed television content, to provide weekend primetime programming consisting of exclusive original programming and quality library titles. Utilizing its digital multicasting capability, the company has launched several digital TV brands, including qubo, a television and multimedia network for children formed in partnership with several leading media and entertainment companies, and ION Life, a television and multimedia network dedicated to active living and personal growth+. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.tv.

  [april 2008]  


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