Mini in the mix
It’s surprising that the mystery and folklore surrounding the Bermuda Triangle hasn’t been used in more feature films.
The Triangle has popped up on skeins from “The X-Files” to “The Fairly OddParents” but it seems ripe for a theatrical treatment.
Even so, exec producers Bryan Singer and Dean
Devlin, both of whom boast theatrical blockbusters, chose the miniseries format to explore the Triangle’s mythology.
Now, after a $22 million budget and a premiere audience of 5 million, Devlin says he is certain a two-hour feature wouldn’t have done the job. “We had so much story to tell. One of our biggest problems was deciding whether we were doing a four-, six- or eight-hour project,” he says. “Six turned out to be just right.”
In the Sci Fi Channel’s mini, a ragtag team of experts is brought together by an enigmatic billionaire to investigate an oceanic vortex that is devouring his cargo ships.
Devlin says the sci-fi genre is snubbed by most serious actors, but he had a surprisingly easy time coaxing Eric Stoltz, Bruce Davison and Sam Neill to the project.
“Bryan Singer was a big draw,” he says. “But really, they all told me the script was just that compelling.”
Network’s exec VP of programming Mark Stern is hoping the high-caliber talent on “The Triangle” will appeal to Emmy voters, who in 2003 gave top miniseries kudos to the channel’s “Taken.”
Stern says, “Science fiction isn’t top of mind during awards season, so we’re crossing our fingers that people will take notice of the talent in front of and behind the camera and give ‘The Triangle’ a look.”