Spano, Amick follow Fox piper to rat telepic

Thriller to include 400 live rats in lensing

Fox TV Pictures has started production on “The Colony,” a two-hour telepic for Fox Broadcasting Co. about a clan of evil rats, from producers Robert Cort and David Madden (“Save the Last Dance”).

Thriller focuses on a colony of rats that invades a Gotham department store and then begins menacing the rest of the city. Vincent Spano (“Alive”) and Madchen Amick (“Twin Peaks”) star.

” ‘The Colony’ will be a great ride, but at the same time, it will be truly terrifying as it taps into all of our most primal fears,” said Marci Pool, exec VP of movies and minis for Fox.

Live and computer-generated rats

Pic, now lensing in Toronto, will use more than 400 live rats as well as extensive CGI effects.

John Lafia (“Child’s Play 2”) has been tapped to helm the pic, which was written by Frank Deasy (“Prozac Nation”) and Tommy Lee Wallace (“Vampires 2”).

Fox TV Pictures is a unit of Fox TV Studios. In addition to his role as a producer on “Save the Last Dance,” Madden is head of Fox TV Pictures.

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