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Re: Spielberg Abduction Miniseries

From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 03:45:53 -0700
Fwd Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 00:55:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Spielberg Abduction Miniseries

>Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 08:21:35 -0500
>Subject: Spielberg Abduction Miniseries
>From: Stephen MILES Lewis <elfis@io.com>
>To: UFO UpDates <updates@globalserve.net>

>Considering past discussions on Spielbergs original horror
>concepts for E.T., thot my fellow listers would want to know
>about this.



>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.

Dear Stephen:

This suggests a question.

Clearly, Spielberg sees a highly profitable film or he would not
invest in it. That is all highly understandable.

Yet, he keeps returning to the same theme..  ETs, abductions,
UFO related stuff. Why?

The old producers of 'epics' ( C.B. DeMille et.al.) would
produce epics, but there was no central theme apart from
"ancient times" .. the bible .. anything larger than life.

Is there some particular reason Spielberg takes this particular
path? Does he perhaps have something in his background, a
friend, an experience, something that fascinates him with the
general topic of alien visitation?

I must admit near total ignorance of Hollywood in general, and
its bizarre denizens in particular. So, forgive me if this
sounds like an ignorant question.

Best wishes

- Larry Hatch

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