Telepic based on probe of '89 USS Iowa explosion

NEW YORK — The FX cable net has signed James Caan as the star and Mikael Salomon as the director of the original movie “A Glimpse of Hell.”

Pic is FX’s third original made-for, following the true-life courtroom drama “Deliberate Intent,” starring Timothy Hutton, which played earlier this year, and the supernatural thriller “The Sight,” which premieres Oct. 29. Sources say FX is commissioning movies that cost more than the average telepic budget of $4 million, with “Glimpse of Hell” likely to sail north of $5 million.

“Glimpse” is based on a true story — the controversy surrounding the 1989 explosion aboard the USS Iowa that killed 47 sailors. The Navy at first pinned the blame on two allegedly homosexual officers, and the movie follows the investigation of the charges by an officer played by Robert Sean Leonard. Caan plays the captain of the ship.

Salomon, the cinematographer-turned-director, will film “Glimpse” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for producers Tracey Alexander and Andrew Adelson. It’s a Fox TV Studios production.

Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for FX Networks, says the movie has an air date of March 2001.

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