[07/20/08 - 01:34 PM]
Sci Fi Channel Greenlights 4-Hour Fantasy Adventure Mirabilis
David James Elliott and Natassia Malthe star in the project, which comes from Reunion Pictures, Industry Entertainment and RHI Entertainment

[via press release from Sci Fi]


David James Elliott Set to Star

Beverly Hills, CA - July 20, 2008 -- SCI FI Channel has greenlit Mirabilis, (working title) a 4-hour fantasy adventure miniseries where heroes battle the forces of darkness set against a backdrop of knights, sorcerers and dragons. Set to star in the movie are David James Elliott (JAG) as protagonist John Serrogoth and Natassia Malthe (Elektra) as Perfidia.

Mirabilis will be produced by Reunion Pictures (Lisa Richardson, Matthew O'Connor, Tom Rowe) with RHI Entertainment, (Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.) and Industry Entertainment (Keith Addis and Andrew Deane) are also attached to the project. Emmy-nominated Sam Egan (Sanctuary, Jeremiah, The Outer Limits) wrote the script. RHI Entertainment will distribute the project internationally.

Once a paradise fueled by the all-powerful sorcery-grade metal known as bloodsteel, the distant land of Mirabilis begins to decay as supplies of the supernatural substance dwindle. The evil warlord Dragon Eye fights to gain control of the world's supply of bloodsteel, which he will use to rule Mirabilis. But, an ancient prophecy propels four ordinary citizens to battle Dragon Eye. Their quest is to find the fabled Crucible - source of all bloodsteel - before the corrupt forces of darkness destroy their world.

Reunion Pictures (www.reunionpictures.ca) is a Canadian-based company that develops and finances high quality television and multi-platform properties. Launched in 2004 with over a billion dollars worth of award-winning filmed entertainment, Reunion Pictures has been nominated multiple times for Emmys and Golden Globes, and has been awarded Genies, Gemini's and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Television. Reunion Pictures' list of credits includes a # 1 US box office release (Butterfly Effect), #1 US network mini-series (10.5), and two #1 cable mini-series (Tin Man and Earthsea, produced with RHI Entertainment for SCI FI Channel).

RHI Entertainment (NASDAQ: RHIE) 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 United States. Under the leadership 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 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.

Keith Addis and Andrew Deane are partners at Industry Entertainment, a leading talent management and production company that has produced award-winning films including The Player, Requiem for a Dream and Quills. Industry Entertainment is currently Executive Producing Fear Itself for NBC, a re-purposed version of Industry's acclaimed anthology series, Masters of Horror, which aired on Showtime, and featured one-hour movies from such illustrious genre filmmakers as John Carpenter, Takashi Miike, Joe Dante, John Landis, Dario Argento, Tobe Hopper, Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson and series creator Mick Garris himself. Industry also executive-produced the recent anthology series Masters of Science Fiction for ABC. Keith Addis and Andrew Deane also manage distinguished clients in the literary and talent fields.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

  [july 2008]  

· 10.5 (NBC)

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