The Triangle, an epic, 6-hour miniseries co-produced by SCI FI Channel, Electric Entertainment and Bad Hat Harry Productions, will premiere in December 2005 airing over three nights, it was announced today by Bonnie Hammer, President of USA Network and SCI FI Channel. The film, executive produced by Hollywood’s genre standouts Bryan Singer ("X-Men", "Superman Returns"), Dean Devlin ("Independence Day"), and Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape The Peacekeeper Wars), features stars of film and television Eric Stoltz ("Pulp Fiction", "Mask"), Catherine Bell (JAG, Bruce Almighty), Michael Rodgers ("Auto Focus"), Bruce Davison ("X-Men"), Lou Diamond Phillips ("Courage Under Fire", "Stand and Deliver") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park"). Rockne S. O’Bannon wrote the screenplay from an original story by Singer and Devlin and Craig Baxley (Kingdom Hospital, Storm of the Century) directs.
Set against the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, this SCI FI Channel Original Miniseries event will focus on a disparate group of professionals, brought together to investigate the dangerous truths behind one of the greatest legends of our time. In The Triangle, billionaire Eric Benirall (Neill) is losing his cargo ships, and their crews, at a frightening pace—and now, he wants answers. His bemused, handpicked team of subject-specific experts include lead skeptic and tabloid journalist Howard Thomas (Stoltz), ocean resource engineer Emily Patterson (Bell), scientist/adventurer Bruce Gellar (Rodgers) and psychic Stan Latham (Davison). Pulled together with the promise of unlimited funding for their research and the chance for once-in-a-lifetime riches, the team sets out to solve this most daunting of anomalies.
When a jetliner disappears over The Triangle, bizarre, unexplainable occurrences begin to affect each member of Benirall’s team. When the government takes an alarming interest in their work, our crew is drawn into something far more dangerous than they had believed possible. A research expedition with the promise of riches soon becomes a frantic, head-turning ride through the unstoppable force that is The Triangle.
Premiering on SCI FI Channel, The Triangle is produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment and Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry Productions. The Triangle marks Singer and Devlin’s first-ever collaboration.
Eric Stoltz plays Howard Thomas a reporter for a supermarket tabloid, and as such is no stranger to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. In the course of writing up endless crackpot theories and interviewing every dubious source for his articles, Howard has become a hardcore cynic and walking encyclopedia of fringe knowledge. He is courted by Benirall to be the team’s “ultimate arbiter”, applying his experience with debunking the “paranormal” as a litmus test for the rest of the team’s theories. With a young daughter and an ex-wife to whom he can barely afford to min even worse shape than his professional life.
Catherine Bell plays Emily Patterson, a deep ocean resource engineer who has recently been fired from an offshore drilling company for not backing off of safety concerns that would have shut down their operations. She is a smart woman with strong convictions but, despite her multiple degrees and expert knowledge of oceanography, among otproposal.
Bruce Davison plays Stan Latham a man with genuine psychic abilities who has been reduced to hawking self-promotional tapes at New Age fairs to make money. Low-key but emotional, Stan is attuned to an entire invisible world of clues to The Triangle’s origins and intuition complements the rest of the team’s scientific approach to discovery.
Michael Rodgers appears as Bruce Gellar, an Australian thrill seeking, often reckless, professor of meteorology with a sometimes-questionable moral fiber. He initially joins the team purely for the money, and looking for the fastest and easiest way to get to the $5 million payoff. He has a childlike enthusiasm for discovery and his passion for the task at hand quickly sets in.
Lou Diamond Phillips plays Meeno Paloma, the sole survivor of a Triangle event that killed the crews of two ships, Meeno returns from his ordeal to a loving family that is not quite as he remembered it. Confronted with a son he doesn’t remember and smaller details that aren’t as they should be, Meeno is increasingly tormented with the possibility that either his memory has been damaged, or he’s somehow rejoined a world where he doesn’t belong.
Sam Neill stars as Eric Benirall, a shipping tycoon who has lost numerous ships and lives in the Bermuda Triangle. Benerall is the architect of this expedition. He brings the team together by making them an offer they can’t refuse but are his intentions all that they appear?
SCI FI Channel, currently enjoying its highest ratings ever, has almost single-handedly revived the miniseries as a successful format for television. Recent highlights of SCI FI’s big event miniseries strategy include ratings champs like the Emmy Award-winning Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN, the critically-acclaimed Battlestar Galactica, which is now the Channel’s most successful series ever and celebrated literary adaptations of Children of Dune and Legend of Earthsea – all of which have met with unprecedented success for the Channel.