MGM pushes ‘Limits’ with Victor & Grais

Two-pic deal also pacts with Trilogy Entertainment

MGM has made a two-picture deal with Victor & Grais Prods., the first of which will provide feature treatment for the classic sci-fi TV series “The Outer Limits”; film will be a co-production with Trilogy Entertainment.

Mark Victor and Michael Grais will produce with Trilogy partners Pen Densham, Mark Stern, Guy McElwaine and John Watson, with Mark Skelly exec producing. The anthology series originally bowed on the small screen on ABC in 1963, and was resurrected in 1995 by MGM and Trilogy, which produced a series revival for Showtime that also aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.

MGM president Michael Nathanson said the studio sparked to both the concept and the producers. “The idea of an ‘Outer Limits’ film is extremely exciting, and we look forward to seeing where these veteran producers take us,” said Nathanson.

They’ll look to put a scribe on the project immediately.

Victor and Grais are best known for their scripting collaboration with Steven Spielberg on the MGM film “Poltergeist,” and they co-wrote “Cool World,” “Poltergeist II” and “Marked for Death,” the latter of which they produced, along with “Great Balls of Fire!” and “Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers.”

MGM and Trilogy have previously teamed on “Blown Away,” “Tank Girl,” “Moll Flanders” and “Larger Than Life.”