Sci Fi, Spielberg to Team Up Again


Hoping to repeat the ratings success of Taken
, Sci Fi Channel will once again partner with acclaimed director Steven Spielberg to develop a new miniseries "trilogy" set to bow in 2005.

Dubbed television’s first true trilogy, Nine Lives
will tell a single story over three distinct miniseries events, according to the network. Taken
writer Les Bohem will join Spielberg in developing Nine Lives
, which will be produced by DreamWorks Television.

Sci Fi officials would not reveal how many episodes each miniseries will encompass, although network executives previously said there could be as many as six one-hour installments per tale.

Network executives also would not estimate production costs, although Sci Fi president Bonnie Hammer said the series would at least approach the $40 million allocated for Taken

The 10-part miniseries Taken
won the Emmy Award for best miniseries.

"Sci Fi broke all of the rules when scheduling Taken
. Now we’re taking the lead again, producing the first full-fledged trilogy for television," Hammer said. "A story as complex as Nine Lives
demands to be told in a unique way. Our innovative scheduling will give viewers time to absorb what they’ve seen while looking forward to what’s next."

Hammer also said Spielberg will be intimately involved in the development of the Nine Lives
trilogy despite a commitment to working on a miniseries for Turner Network Television, also set for a 2005 debut.

The as-yet-untitled, 12-hour project about the settling of the American West is the first collaboration between Spielberg, DreamWorks Television and the "drama" network.