More movies on NBC

July 31, 2002|By

LOS ANGELES - NBC was once the place to go for the woman-in-jeopardy or ripped-from-the-headlines genre of television movies, turning out a great number of them in the mid-'90s.

The network has scaled back its movie production in recent years, opting for more prestigious projects like last year's Uprising when it does make original films.

In the coming season, however, NBC will be a little more active in the original-movie game. Besides a Martha Stewart biopic, the Peacock has a half-dozen other projects in the works.

Among them is War Stories, which was originally developed as a series pilot for the network. The movie will star Jeff Goldblum as a veteran war correspondent covering the bombing of a refugee camp. NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker told TV critics last week that the War Stories movie will serve as a "back-door pilot" for a possible series.

The other NBC movie projects are:

Carrie, a remake of the 1976 feature film. NBC says the new film will be more faithful to Stephen King's novel than Brian De Palma's movie was.

Three's Company Revisited, a "True Hollywood Story"-like take on the behind-the-scenes turmoil of the hit sitcom - which, by the way, aired on ABC. The network plans an open casting call to find three actors to play the lead roles, and series star Joyce DeWitt has signed on for a cameo.

Hunter: Return to Justice, the second movie spun from the 1980s cop show starring Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer.

1st to Die, which stars Tracy Pollan as a homicide detective on the trail of a serial killer who targets newlyweds.

A Very Muppet Christmas, which will feature appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Joan Cusack and other flesh-and-blood actors alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and the Muppet crew.

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