NBC preps ‘Y2K’ telepic

Olin toplining for Lowry

Looking to take advantage of millennium madness, NBC Studios has begun production on “Y2K,” a disaster pic that imagines near-apocalyptic results brought about by the much-hyped computer bug.

Thriller stars Ken Olin (“L.A. Doctors”) as a techie trying to save the United States from disasters caused by computer failures at the start of the new century. Dick Lowry (“Atomic Train”) is directing the pic from producer David Israel (“Pandora’s Clock”) and scribes Thomas Hines and Jonathan Fernandez (“Crisis in the Kremlin.”)

The pic is the only announced broadcast project to date capitalizing on concerns over the Y2K computer bug, in which machines interpret the date 1/1/00 as Jan. 1, 1900. Analysts have predicted all sorts of catastrophes as a result of the problem, though forecasts regarding the actual impact of the bug vary widely.

In “Y2K,” the bug causes an East Coast power outage, ATM failures, airliners whose instruments don’t work and other assorted calamities. Olin’s character battles one of the biggest imagined consequences of the bug when a nuclear power plant threatens to go into meltdown.

“Y2K” also stars Joe Morton (“Terminator 2,” “The Astronaut’s Wife”), Ronny Cox (“Total Recall,” “Murder at 1600”) and Lauren Tom (“Friends,” “Futurama”).

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