Syfy announced today that Bruce Boxleitner will star in the upcoming Saturday-night original movie 51. And regardless of what you might think at first, no, 51 is not the prequel to 61, Billy Crystal's movie about the Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle home-run race, but rather a movie about what happens when a visitor escapes from the most secretive base on the planet: Area 51.
Below is Syfy's full release:
BRUCE BOXLEITNER (BABYLON 5) WILL STAR IN NEW
SYFY SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIE 51
New York, NY - April 23, 2010 - Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) will star as a military hero nearing retirement in the upcoming Syfy Saturday Original Movie, 51. The movie is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in 2011.
A co-production with After Dark Films, 51, co-starring John Shea (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) chronicles what happens after political pressure from the American public forces the Air Force to allow a few well-known reporters limited access to the most secretive base on the planet: Area 51, the rumored repository of captured alien technology and extra-terrestrial beings. When one of the base's hidden "long term visitors" exploits this unprecedented visit as a chance to liberate himself and his fellow alien captives, Area 51 turns from a secure military installation to a horrifying destination of terror. Directed by Jason Connery (The Devil's Tomb).
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
After Dark Films, an Independent motion picture studio, was formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films' first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. The Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For brand was launched in 2006, creating the first festival of its kind, a week-long nationwide theatrical event that gives horror fans the chance to enjoy 8 new films that push the envelope and span across the genre from supernatural to psychological to creature features.
Check out video of Boxleitner's recent Wondercon appearance here.