Friday, May 23, 2008

Ridley Scott does Crichton's Andromeda Strain

Director Ridley Scott takes on a project that might well be considered one of the mainstays of science fiction. Michael Cricton's Andromeda Strain. Not the book mind you but the Robert Wise adaption of the Michael Crichton bestselling science fiction novel that first aired in 1971. I remember reading the book and upon seeing the movie I was greatly impressed on how faithful Wise was to the novel. (the only major change was a gender switch for one of the scientists) Though many might have thought the movie a bit flat, I considered it one on my best movie experiences right up there with 2001 and Blade Runner. So, no matter how much I might be impressed with Scott's science fiction celluloid, I have to say, I have some reservations on the upcoming Memorial Day 2 part miniseries on A&E network. Especially when I hear that there will be "additions" to the plot line. As Mark Wilson over at the Sci-fi / Fantasy Blog puts it ...great liberties have been taken with Crichton's story in order to provide more drama and excitement. ...the 2008 version adds wormholes, eco-terrorists, and additional mutations for the virus that cause aggressive birds and uncontrollable nuclear missiles.

Oh well...we shall have to wait for Monday night to see..

A cast of highly recognizable names was assembled, including Benjamin Bratt, Rick Schroder (24), Eric McCormack, Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Andre Braugher, Magda Apanowicz (Kyle XY), Colin Lawrence (Battlestar Galactica), and Panou (Flash Gordon).

It should also be noted that the Sci-Fi channel announced that IT was doing the project last year and it would seem passed on the project...and I am sitting here thinking..yeah, for wrasslin

The Andromeda Strain, airing Monday and Tuesday, 5/26 and 5/27, at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.

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