[07/15/05 - 12:00 AM]
Sci Fi Channel's Epic Miniseries the Triangle to Premiere in December 2005 on Sci Fi

[via press release from Sci Fi]


Stars Eric Stoltz, Catherine Bell, Bruce Davison, Michael Rodgers, Lou Diamond Phillips and Sam Neill

Executive Produced by Bryan Singer, Dean Devlin and Rockne S. O'Bannon

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- July 15, 2005 -- The Triangle, an epic, 6-hour miniseries co-produced by SCI FI Channel, Electric Entertainment and Bad Hat Harry Productions, will premiere in December 2005 airing over three nights, it was announced today by Bonnie Hammer, President of USA Network and SCI FI Channel. The film, executive produced by Hollywood's genre standouts Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns), Dean Devlin (Independence Day), and Rockne S. O'Bannon (Farscape The Peacekeeper Wars), features stars of film and television Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction, Mask), Catherine Bell (JAG, Bruce Almighty), Michael Rodgers (Auto Focus), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire, Stand and Deliver) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park). Rockne S. O'Bannon wrote the screenplay from an original story by Singer and Devlin and Craig Baxley (Kingdom Hospital, Storm of the Century) directs.

Set against the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, this SCI FI Channel Original Miniseries event will focus on a disparate group of professionals, brought together to investigate the dangerous truths behind one of the greatest legends of our time. In The Triangle, billionaire Eric Benirall (Neill) is losing his cargo ships, and their crews, at a frightening pace-and now, he wants answers. His bemused, handpicked team of subject-specific experts include lead skeptic and tabloid journalist Howard Thomas (Stoltz), ocean resource engineer Emily Patterson (Bell), scientist/adventurer Bruce Gellar (Rodgers) and psychic Stan Latham (Davison). Pulled together with the promise of unlimited funding for their research and the chance for once-in-a-lifetime riches, the team sets out to solve this most daunting of anomalies.

When a jetliner disappears over the Triangle, bizarre, unexplainable occurrences begin to affect each member of Benirall's team. When the government takes an alarming interest in their work, our crew is drawn into something far more dangerous than they had believed possible. A research expedition with the promise of riches soon becomes a frantic, head-turning ride through the unstoppable force that is The Triangle.

Premiering on SCI FI Channel, The Triangle is produced by Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment and Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry Productions. The Triangle marks Singer and Devlin's first-ever collaboration.

The Cast

Eric Stoltz plays Howard Thomas a reporter for a supermarket tabloid, and as such is no stranger to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. In the course of writing up endless crackpot theories and interviewing every dubious source for his articles, Howard has become a hardcore cynic and walking encyclopedia of fringe knowledge. He is courted by Benirall to be the team's "ultimate arbiter", applying his experience with debunking the "paranormal" as a litmus test for the rest of the team's theories. With a young daughter and an ex-wife to whom he can barely afford to meet alimony, his personal life might be in even worse shape than his professional life.

Catherine Bell plays Emily Patterson, a deep ocean resource engineer who has recently been fired from an offshore drilling company for not backing off of safety concerns that would have shut down their operations. She is a smart woman with strong convictions but, despite her multiple degrees and expert knowledge of oceanography, among other subjects, it's financial need that drives her to accept Benirall's farfetched proposal.

Bruce Davison plays Stan Latham a man with genuine psychic abilities who has been reduced to hawking self-promotional tapes at New Age fairs to make money. Low-key but emotional, Stan is attuned to an entire invisible world of clues to the Triangle's origins and intuition complements the rest of the team's scientific approach to discovery.

Michael Rodgers appears as Bruce Gellar, an Australian thrill seeking, often reckless, professor of meteorology with a sometimes-questionable moral fiber. He initially joins the team purely for the money, and looking for the fastest and easiest way to get to the $5 million payoff. He has a childlike enthusiasm for discovery and his passion for the task at hand quickly sets in.

Lou Diamond Phillips plays Meeno Paloma, the sole survivor of a Triangle event that killed the crews of two ships, Meeno returns from his ordeal to a loving family that is not quite as he remembered it. Confronted with a son he doesn't remember and smaller details that aren't as they should be, Meeno is increasingly tormented with the possibility that either his memory has been damaged, or he's somehow rejoined a world where he doesn't belong.

Sam Neill stars as Eric Benirall, a shipping tycoon who has lost numerous ships and lives in the Bermuda Triangle. Benerall is the architect of this expedition. He brings the team together by making them an offer they can't refuse but are his intentions all that they appear?

SCI FI Channel, currently enjoying its highest ratings ever, has almost single-handedly revived the miniseries as a successful format for television. Recent highlights of SCI FI's big event miniseries strategy include ratings champs like the Emmy Award-winning Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN, the critically-acclaimed Battlestar Galactica, which is now the Channel's most successful series ever and celebrated literary adaptations of Children of Dune and Legend of Earthsea ? all of which have met with unprecedented success for the Channel.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

Electric Entertainment was founded in May 2001 by Dean Devlin to develop and produce motion pictures, television programs, interactive and music properties for the global audience. Over the last eight years, Devlin has produced some of the most successful feature films of all time including Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and The Patriot. Under the Electric banner, Devlin has produced Eight Legged Freaks, released by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow in July 2002; Cellular, starring Kim Basinger, released by New Line in Fall 2004; and Electric's most recent project, The Librarian aired on TNT network in December 2004 and was the highest rated movie on cable that year. The sequel begins shooting in South Africa this July. Electric is currently in production on the WWI drama Flyboys starring James Franco, Martin Henderson and Jean Reno, and directed by Academy Award? winner Tony Bill.

Bad Hat Harry Productions, a motion picture, television and video game production company, was founded by director/writer/producer Bryan Singer. Past projects include the mystery/thriller "The Usual Suspects" starring Kevin Spacey (whose performance garnered an Academy Award?), the critically acclaimed "Apt Pupil" which was adapted from a Stephen King novella and starred Academy Award? nominee Sir Ian McKellan, and the two wildly successful blockbusters "X-Men" and "X2" which together have grossed over $1 billion worldwide. This past year, Bad Hat Harry Productions co-produced the hit television show HOUSE which has been a mainstay in the top 10 shows in its first season on the FOX network and has been renewed for a second season. Singer is currently in Sydney directing the highly anticipated event film "Superman Returns," under his Bad Hat Harry Productions banner, which Warner Brothers is scheduled to release in summer 2006.

  [july 2005]  


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