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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Benjamin Bratt Battles The Andromeda Strain

Photo from A&E

Benjamin Bratt, who Law & Order fans know as Detective Rey Curtis from Law & Order, will have a starring role in a miniseries remake of Michael Crichton’s 1971 movie thriller, The Andromeda Strain. (The original is one of my favorite thrillers/sci-fi flicks.)

The miniseries will air on A&E, over two nights, premiering on Memorial Day, May 26.

Below is an article from Wired.com on the series. The link to A&E’s web site for The Andromeda Strain can be found here.

Ridley Scott Produces Andromeda Strain

Tony and Ridley Scott are presenting a TV version of The Andromeda Strain. Their miniseries, based on Michael Crichton's deadly virus classic, airs on A&E over two nights beginning May 26.

Crichton's sci-fi best-seller came out back in 1969, spawning a 1971 movie adaptation and dozens of cheesy 'Run-for-your-lives-the-infection-is-spreading!' thrillers. If anybody can breathe new life into this now familiar premise it would be the Scott brothers.

Ridley of course directed Blade Runner and Tony ranks as one of Hollywood's top fiery-explosion action stylists (Top Gun, Enemy of the State). To handle the day-to-day directing, they brought on Mikael Salomon, who served as cinematographer on The Abyss and Arachnophobia, later directing the made-for-TV earthquake movie Aftershock.

Question is, can the cast pull it off? The good guys trying to squash a deadly bacterial outbreak in Utah are portayed by Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Miss Congeniality), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) Rick Schroder (24, NYPD Blue), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Christa Miller (Scrubs, The Drew Carey Show) and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Streets).

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