SCI FI Channel has given a green light to three two-part movie events, Riverworld, The Phantom and Alice, from RHI Entertainment, Inc., which are set to premiere in the 2009-'0 television season, RHI announced.
Riverworld and The Phantom are also backdoor pilots for potential series, which RHI will distribute.
The two-part, four-hour Riverworld, based on the novels by the late Phillip Jose Farmer, comes to SCI FI in 2010, directed by Stuart Gillard (90210) and written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
Riverworld tells the story of a combat photojournalist who awakens in a mysterious world where everyone who has ever lived on Earth has been "reborn" along the banks of a seemingly endless river. He embarks on a mission upriver along past friends and new comrades, including a 13th-century female samurai named Tomoe and American novelist Mark Twain.
The four-hour Phantom is based on the comic-strip superhero, who relies on wits, physical strength and skill, and is set for a 2010 debut. The story has been revamped for today's audiences.
Paolo Barzman (The Last Templar) will direct from a script by Daniel Knauf (Carnivàle) and Charles Knauf.
The four-hour Alice, due later this year, is a re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written and directed by Nick Willing (Tin Man).