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Spielberg Produces 20-Hour Miniseries On Abductions

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@get2net.dk>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 04:10:20 GMT
Fwd Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 10:28:07 -0400
Subject: Spielberg Produces 20-Hour Miniseries On Abductions


Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News,

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/re/story.html?s=3Dv/nm/19990423/re/tele=
vision_spielberg_1.html

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Yahoo! News

Entertainment Headlines

Friday April 23 4:07 AM ET


Spielberg 'Taken' By Aliens

                       
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By John Dempsey

NEW YORK (Variety) - Steven Spielberg, the director of "ET" and
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind," is heading off to outer
space again with "Taken," a 20-hour miniseries focusing on alien
abductions.

Spielberg will serve as executive producer of the DreamWorks TV
project, which will screen on cable's Sci-Fi Channel in the
third quarter of 2000. It will be based on reports of UFO
landings in New Mexico dating back to 1947.

"Steven has always had an interest in this subject," said Barry
Diller, chairman and CEO of Sci-Fi's USA Networks parent.

He told Daily Variety that Spielberg's treatment starts from the
premise "that there are abductions, that they're real and not
made up. This will be a big story with multiple characters,
protagonists and antagonists, and it'll span lots of decades."

In a statement, Spielberg called himself a fan of the Sci-Fi
Channel, and said "no other place" is better suited for a
miniseries of the "magnitude" of "Taken."

"Taken," which will cost upward of $40 million, will begin
production this summer. The director and cast are still to be
named. The Sci-Fi Channel plans to run it for two hours a night
over 10 consecutive nights.


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