Lions Gate has signed Billy Zane (“Titanic,” TV’s “Cleopatra”) to star in a four-hour mini based on the Dean Koontz suspense novel “Sole Survivor.”
Zane will play a husband obsessed by the deaths of his wife and daughter in a plane crash. When he learns that there may have been a survivor, he finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy to keep the truth under wraps. Production on “Sole Survivor” will begin in Vancouver in mid-October.
Lions Gate has also sold the Canadian broadcast rights to its 22-episode drama series “Cliffhangers,” to Vancouver-based WIC Entertainment Ltd. Produced by Lions Gate Television with Paramount International Television, the series is in production in Vancouver.
WIC expects to begin broadcasting “Cliffhangers” in the U.S. this fall on Fox.
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Ron Livingston, last seen in the Mike Judge-directed comedy “Office Space,” has signed a development deal for high six-figures with Fox TV to hatch a series for the actor to star in. Livingston, who stars in the upcoming New Line pic “Body Shots” and the indie pic “Beat,” was repped in the deal by Endeavor and Rigberg/Roberts.
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Tiffani-Amber Thiessen has joined Par’s “Ladies Man” opposite Tim Meadows and Will Ferrell, the comedy based on Meadows’ “Saturday Night Live” sketch. Thiessen, who appeared in 1993’s “Son in Law,” was a series regular on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” She is repped by the William Morris Agency.
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Kathleen Robertson will play a southern beauty pageant contestant in “Beautiful,” starring Minnie Driver as a young woman obsessed with becoming Miss America.
Robertson, who had a recurring role on “Beverly Hills, 90210” for many seasons, has also appeared in Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere.” Other upcoming projects include Araki’s “Splendor,” Bruce McCulloch’s “Dog Park” and “Psycho Beach Party.” She is repped by UTA.
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Susanna Thompson has landed a regular role in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s new ABC series “Once and Again” for Touchstone.
Thompson has guest starred on a number of series, including “The X Files,” “Chicago Hope” and “NYPD Blue.” Her feature work includes Rob Reiner’s “Ghosts of Mississippi” and she will next appear opposite Harrison Ford in Sydney Pollack’s “Random Hearts.” She is repped by Craig Dorfman and Associates.
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Rosalind Chao, who’s credits include “What Dreams May Come” and “The Joy Luck Club,” will switch gears with the indie comedy “Enemies of Laughter,” for director Joey Travolta and producer Rich Salvatore. Pic, about an unfunny comedy writer, also stars Judge Reinhold, Peter Falk, Daphne Zuniga and Kathy Griffin. Chao’s deal was brokered by Michael Greenwald and Tim Angle of Don Buchwald & Associates.
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New Line’s “Happy Campers” has added Jordan Bridges and James King to the cast of its tale of summer camp gone awry. Pic stars Brad Renfro and Dominique Swain as college freshmen who decide to spend the summer as counselors, determined to shake up the traditional bonfire-‘n’-s’mores experience. “Heathers” scribe Daniel Waters revisits the precocious teen-age spirit with his script, which he will also direct.
Bridges recently completed the studio’s “Frequency,” with Dennis Quaid and Andre Braugher, and will next be seen in Fox’s “Next to You.” King will next be seen in the indie pic “Bar Hop,” a behind-the-scenes look at Gotham bar life. The film, written by Lauren Fox, is being produced by Jean Fox and Sally Lear. King is repped by Company Management.
Bridges is repped by CAA and MJ Management.
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Rachel Singer has been added to the cast of DreamWorks’ “What Lies Beneath,” starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, and New Regency’s “Squelch,” from director John Dahl and starring Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn.
Singer also appears in Fox 2000’s “Fight Club” and Castle Rock’s “The Green Mile” starring Tom Hanks. She is repped by Richard Bauman & Associates.