Andromeda Strain coming to A&E (and other news from the network)
This summer, filmmaking brothers Tony and Ridley Scott will begin production on a miniseries version of Michael Crichton's novel The Andromeda Strain for A&E. The brothers will executive produce the miniseries, which is being directed by Mikael Solomon (whose TV credits include Rome and Nightmares and Dreamscapes) and written by Robert Schenkkan (The Quiet American).
Crichton's novel was also made into a motion picture in 1971.
The miniseries could run as long as six hours. In addition, A&E has plans for more original series to air in 2008, including The Cleaner, about an addict who helps others kick their habit; Homestead, a cop drama; The Beast, an FBI drama; Takedown, a drama about U.S. Marshals; and Under, about a mob informant turned NY City cop.
Also, a pilot for The Pendletons, a spin-off the reality series Inked has been ordered. Other non-scripted shows on the slate include forensics series Crime 360, and a look at new cops in post-Katrina Louisiana: The Rookies. Other reality series include The Two Coreys (starring '80s pretty boys Corey Feldman and Corey Haim) and Paranormal State (yet another paranormal series).
Finally, A&E is developing two spin-offs for the Web: Dog 2.0 and Nick's World, spun-off from Dog the Bounty Hunter and Gene Simmon's Family Jewels respectively.