Edel to direct Gibson, Heigl in original movie

Thomas Gibson (“Dharma & Greg”) and Katherine Heigl (“Roswell”) have signed on to star in TBS Superstation telepic “Evil Never Dies,” a modern-day version of the Frankenstein story.

Uli Edel (“King of Texas”) will direct the pic, set to premiere this summer as part of TBS’ original movie lineup.

Max Enscoe and Annie de Young (“Prince William”) wrote the script, and the Wolper Organization is producing with Warner Bros. Television. Mark Wolper (“The Mists of Avalon”) and Jeff Hayes are exec producing. Brett Popplewell is producing.

Gibson, who is repped by Marathon Entertainment, will star as a police officer whose wife is brutally murdered.

After being transferred to patrol duty at a college, Gibson’s character discovers that the now-executed murderer is part of a professor’s strange experiment that results in his being brought back to life — with murderous tendency intact.

WMA-repped Heigl, who is managed by Untitled Entertainment, portrays the professor’s assistant.

“With such medical issues as cloning in the news everyday, TBS Superstation’s ‘Evil Never Dies’ is truly timely in how it explores the role of science in creating life,” TBS VP of original programming and movies Tana Nugent-Jamieson said.

The movie is being shot in Melbourne, Australia.

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