According to Variety, with the bigscreen sequel under way, The Butterfly Effect is taking on series form at Sci Fi Channel.

The cabler has pacted with feature exec producers Anthony Rhulen, AJ Dix, Chris Bender and JC Spink on a series pilot based on the 2004 Ashton Kutcher starrer. NBC Universal TV Studio will produce.

Sci Fi is expected to announce the project as part of its 2006 development slate today during its portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Already in consideration is the potential skein "The Dresden Files" from exec producer Nicolas Cage.

The Butterfly Effect revolves around a man who discovers he has the ability to go back and forth in time to change the future of himself and others -- for better or worse.

The series would continue the story of Kutcher's character, Evan, who in the movie attempts to improve the present by trying to mend past events.

The program looks to launch sometime next year.

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