The Thing, The Andromeda Strain, Farenheit 451

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    Filmmakers Ridley Scott and Frank Darabont have signed with the Sci Fi Channel to develop a couple of high-profile remakes for the cable programmer, according to today's Variety.

    The trade scoops that Scott will executive produce and supervise a four-hour remake of 1971's The Andromeda Strain. Frank Darabont will reportedly take charge of a four-hour remake of The Thing.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is writing the adaptation of Andromeda, based on Michael Crichton's novel. And David Johnson is writing the script for The Thing, based on the short story Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr.

    Darabont says he expects The Thing to air in December 2005 or early spring 2006.

    Mark Stern, executive VP of program development at Sci Fi told Variety, "The filmmakers will get more creative flexibility [given the longer running time]. They'll go into greater depth with the characters and storyline."

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    Darabont Talks 451
    Set to tackle Bradbury novel.
    Writer-director Frank Darabont shared the scoop on his most recent project, the script for Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible 3, and today he's giving up the goods on his next film, a big-screen adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

    Darabont, whose other directorial credits include The Majestic, The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption, would helm the flick from a script that he's already written. He told Empire, "I've written the script for Fahrenheit 451 and think it's the best thing I've ever done. As soon as the dust settles on the M:I-3 situation I'm going to try and make it, as it's been a passion project for me since I was about nine years old. Actually, before I even knew I wanted to be a filmmaker I wanted to make that movie."

    The film was originally adapted for the screen in 1966 by director Fancois Truffaut, a version which Darabont says is "markedly lacking in passion." "As a literary work it's a cry from the heart and Truffaut's film was like paint drying on a stick," he says. "I don't consider this a remake. I'm doing this as an adaptation of a book that's never been done before, that's never been made before."

    Darabont became attached to the property after Mel Gibson turned it over to him in 2002. He told Empire, "I was raising my hand back then saying, 'Mel, do you need a writer?' He didn't, but after trying to develop it for a few years he cooled on the idea of directing it himself. I met with him one day and said, 'Let me come and grab the ball because this is the movie I would sell all my wordly possessions to make.' And it speaks well of the man that he's been so gracious and supportive. He's a good fellow."

    Darabont has also been associated with Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, but there's no mention of that being on his immediate radar.

    Fahrenheit 451 is set in a fascist future, where firemen are tasked with the burning of all books – 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which paper burns. The story centers around a young fireman, Guy Montag, who begins to have doubts about his job. He encounters a beautiful young woman, and learns of a group of rebels who memorize the entire text of books in the name of literary preservation.

    Darabont has also been involved in the script for Indiana Jones 4. It is notw in the process of being rewritten by George Lucas.

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