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Henriksen RSVPs tyro helmer’s ‘Invitation’

Bermel debut thriller centers around near-death experience

HOLLYWOOD — Lance Henriksen (Fox TV’s “Millennium”) will star in the $5 million thriller “The Invitation.”

Written and directed by thesp Pat Bermel in his helming debut, “Invitation” is the story of an eccentric and wealthy writer (Henriksen) who has a near-death encounter; afterward, when he invites friends to his island home, they realize he may literally expect them to share his experience.

Matt Huson (“Lost & Found”) produces the pic, with Patrick Ramsay serving as executive producer.

The “Invitation” production is backed by a private group of equity financiers who also funded the Ramsay-exec produced “Here’s to Life!,” starring Ossie Davis and directed by Arne Olson. Overseas Filmgroup reps that film.

Henriksen, who was also featured in “Scream 3” for Miramax/

Dimension, appeared in “The Quick and the Dead.” “Hard Target,” “Aliens” and “Near Dark.”

He is repped by Scott Harris at Innovative Artists and attorney Don Steel at Hanson, Jacobson, Teller & Hoberman.

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