NEW YORK — Still basking in the glow of record cable ratings for the Steven Spielberg-produced 20-hour miniseries “Taken,” the Sci Fi Channel has roped in two more Hollywood heavyweights, Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin, to create and produce “Triangle,” an eight-hour mini about the Bermuda Triangle.
Sci Fi prexy Bonnie Hammer said the project will be “a character-driven, human story set in the present day that will focus on the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. There’ll be special effects, but they’ll be secondary to the emotion” generated by the characters.
Devlin (“Independence Day”) said he and Singer (the “X-Men” pics) are working on the descriptive blueprint for “Triangle.” “It will involve people who’ve gone through a number of different experiences with the Bermuda Triangle,” Devlin said, “who come together and decide to confront the mystery.”
Considered idea as feature
“Brian and I originally started talking about the Triangle idea for a feature film,” he continued, “but the outline became too broad to fit within the confines of a movie. We realized we’d need a longer format.”
Devlin said he was impressed by “Taken” and Sci Fi’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s series of “Dune” novels, giving a nod to the way the network “marketed and handled” the projects so that they reached the widest possible audience.
Devlin said Singer is between theatrical-movie projects so he’s giving “Triangle” his full attention.
Sci Fi Channel commissions more miniseries than any other network, cable or broadcast. Net is developing miniseries adaptations of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Red Mars” and Ursula Le Guin’s “Earthsea” trilogy.
Devlin said the production cost of “Triangle” will determine whether his Electric Entertainment company is sole producer of the mini. If the budget migrates too far north, Devlin and Hammer said Sci Fi’s sister company USA Cable Entertainment could step in as the co-production partner.