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Sci Fi to Redo Andromeda, Thing

9/07/2004 11:00 AM Eastern

Continuing its affinity for the genre, Sci Fi Channel is teaming up with some of Hollywood's heavyweights to produce a pair of miniseries, reworking classics The AndromedaStrain and The Thing.

The network is teaming up with three-time Academy Award-nominee Ridley Scott and Emmy Award-winner Tony Scott (Home Box Office's The Gathering Storm) to revisit Michael Crichton's debut novel, The Andromeda Strain. Development has just begun on the project, which is expected to air as a four-hour miniseries sometime next year.

Similarly, Sci Fi plans to devote four hours to a remake of The Thing, and it has turned to Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) for the retelling.

The Thing will be produced by NBC Universal Television Studio, which is working with Scott Free Productions and Thayer's Traveler's Rest Films on Andromeda.

Sci Fi has long had critical and Nielsen Media Research success with projects such as Steven SpielbergPresents Taken, Frank Herbert's Dune and a remake of Battlestar Galactica.