From: Stephen MILES Lewis <email@example.com> Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 08:21:35 -0500 Fwd Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 02:17:06 -0400 Subject: Spielberg Abduction Miniseries Considering past discussions on Spielbergs original horror concepts for E.T., thot my fellow listers would want to know about this. SMiles ----- Move Over, Mulder, Here Comes Spielberg Steven Spielberg's pulling a Mulder. The filmmaker behind Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. is again tracking down little green men, executive producing a massive $40 million, 20-hour miniseries about alien-abduction for the Sci-Fi Channel. Slated to be one of the biggest TV events ever, the project, titled Taken, will chase UFOs from Roswell, New Mexico, in the 1940s up through Y2K, Daily Variety reports. "Steven has always had an interest in this subject," says Barry Diller, the chair of Sci-Fi Channel parent USA Networks, to the trade. "This will be a big story with multiple characters, protagonists and antagonists, and it'll span lots of decades." No word yet on stars or a director, but Variety says Spielberg will get things going this summer, hoping for a third quarter showing next year. The Sci-Fi Channel is planning on running Taken for two hours per night over 10 consecutive days. That makes the minseries one of the biggest TV events ever, behind the 24-hour adaptation of James Michener's Centennial on NBC in 1978. Herman Wouks' The Winds of War ran 18 hours on ABC in 1983 and 1998's Emmy-winning From the Earth to the Moon lasted 12 hours on HBO.
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