[10/11/05 - 12:00 AM]
Nicolas Cage Does Some Detective Work for Sci Fi Channel

[via press release from Sci Fi]


Cage to Executive Produce "The Dresden Files"

Two-Hour Backdoor Pilot from Lions Gate Television

New York, NY (October 6, 2005) - Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage is set to executive produce 'The Dresden Files' (working title) for SCI FI Channel. The 2-hour backdoor pilot - Cage's first foray into television - will be produced by Lions Gate Television, in association with Cage's Saturn Films ('The Life of David Gale,' 'Shadow of the Vampire'). Production is slated to begin in Toronto this fall with plans for a summer 2006 premiere.

Based on the best-selling series of novels by Jim Butcher, the pilot, written by Hans Beimler ('The District,' 'Profiler') and Robert Wolfe ('The 4400,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'), tells the story of Harry Dresden, a Chicago-based private detective with extraordinary abilities. Where others see typical crimes of assault, kidnapping and murder, Harry sees otherworldly forces at work. He's a wizard, the real thing, the only wizard listed in the Chicago yellow pages. Whether consulting for the police on inexplicable crimes or following his own cases, Dresden does battle with the forces of darkness, always maintaining a wry sense of humor and a unique perspective on our world.

Wolfe and Beimler will also serve as executive producers alongside Cage, his Saturn Films partner, Norm Golightly, and Morgan Gendel ('Law & Order,' 'V.I.P').

Cage is the latest in a growing list of Hollywood elite to join forces with SCI FI. This December, the Channel will premiere 'The Triangle,' executive produced by Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin. SCI FI is also currently in development on projects with Steven Spielberg ('Nine Lives'), Martin Scorsese ('The Twelve') and Frank Darabont ('The Thing').

Lions Gate Television is the television production and distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF). With a total of four primetime series currently on the air, the company is continuing its strategy of being an important supplier of content to cable and broadcast networks. Lions Gate Entertainment is the premier independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library is a valuable source of stable and recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the continued growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lions Gate brand name is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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.

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