Encore will relaunch its original series, The Directors, as a weekly
entrant beginning in February.
The critically acclaimed series -- which premiered with an examination of the
films of Norman Jewison in March 1999 -- will bow Thursdays at 7 p.m.
The premium network -- which had been airing The Directors as a
monthly skein, having screened 31 to date -- has commissioned 26 new episodes,
the first of which will focus on Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, 12
Other new episodes on tap: George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Barry
Sonnefeld, Oliver Stone, Paul Schrader and Roger Corman.
'The Directors has done phenomenally well with both critics and
viewers alike,' Starz Encore Group LLC entertainment president Robert Leighton
said in a prepared statement. 'Since Encore is devoted exclusively to movies,
The Directors fits perfectly into our strategy, so we're thrilled to be
relaunching this great series."