Cameron to helm ‘Angel’s’ finale

Skein's co-creator, exec producer to direct seg for first time

Helmer James Cameron has signed on to direct the second season finale of Fox’s “Dark Angel.”

It’s the first time the Oscar-winning director has helmed an episode of a television series. That he would chose “Dark Angel” for his tube debut is no surprise, however: He co-created and exec produces the sci-fi actioner, which stars Jessica Alba as a genetically altered superhuman.

Seg is skedded to air Friday, May 3, at 9 p.m.

“I believe in our show, and think it is one of the coolest things on network television,” Cameron said. “I have wanted to direct an episode for some time, so when our director for the season finale dropped out just as I was completing photography on another project, I seized the moment.”

Budget for the “Dark Angel” season finale is expected to be the same as for any other episode — a little less than $3 million. It’ll also be shot in eight days.

That’s a big change for the “Titanic” helmer.

“It will be good discipline for me to direct one hour on a TV-size budget when my last project was three hours for $200 million,” Cameron said. “Wish me luck. This should be interesting.”

Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman said she was thrilled by Cameron’s decision to direct the “Dark Angel” finale, which is expected to be a self-contained seg. Script is still being written; lensing will begin later this month.

Cameron “revolutionized feature filmmaking, and we are fortunate that he is bringing his directing talents to Fox,” Berman said.

David Nutter directed the “Dark Angel” pilot. Skein has not yet been renewed for a third season and has earned mixed results this season on Friday nights.

“Dark Angel” is from Cameron/Eglee Prods. in association with 20th Century Fox TV. Cameron, Charles H. Eglee and Rene Echevarria are exec producers.

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