Naha’s ‘Mind’ matters to Sci Fi

Seven-hour miniseries explores multiple personalities

Ed Naha, who wrote “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and its sequel “Honey I Blew Up the Kids,” has penned the bible for “Mind Games,” a seven-hour miniseries for the Sci Fi Channel exploring multiple personalities and the boundaries between madness and sanity.

“The Sci Fi Channel is taking a huge leap of intelligence and faith” in agreeing to develop “Mind Games,” said Gary Pearl, whose production company will film the mini.

Set in present-day America, “Mind Games” will not rely on special effects but on what Pearl calls “psychological drama.”

Projected cost of the mini is $10 million-$13 million, he said. Pearl’s most recent production is the upcoming Lions Gate theatrical “Liberty Stands Still,” with Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino.

Part of the miniseries takes place in a mental institution, where the central character “is going through what appears to be a complete mental breakdown,” as Pearl puts it.

Pearl said his goal is to get a few name helmers to work on some segments of “Mind Games,” comparing it to the HBO anthology series “Tales From the Crypt,” which lured Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Walter Hill to direct individual episodes.

A Sci Fi spokeswoman said the network hasn’t greenlit production of “Mind Games” yet. But she added that the project is consistent with Sci Fi’s programming strategy of commissioning high-visibility miniseries and promoting them as special events to drive ratings.

Forthcoming Sci Fi minis include a sequel to last year’s successful remake of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”; an updating of Stephen King’s “Firestarter” novel and movie; and an adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel “Red Mars,” the first book of the “Mars Trilogy.”

But the biggest of all is “Taken,” a 20-hour multigenerational epic from DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg.

(Dana Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report.)

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