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Director Lost in 'The Triangle'

20 Feb, 2006 By: Brendan Howard

Having written and/or directed X-Men, X2 and the upcoming Superman Returns, and working on a remake of the sci-fi classic Logan's Run, Bryan Singer broke his reimagining trend with the original Sci Fi Channel movie The Triangle, right?

“I didn't invent the Bermuda Triangle,” Singer said, with a laugh. “It's been around a little longer than me.”

True, but it hasn't been done in the epic way writers Singer and Dean Devlin have this time around.

The Triangle aired as a miniseries of three two-hour episodes in December, and was Sci Fi Channel's highest-rated original movie since Steven Spielberg's Taken. The four-DVD set streets March 28 (prebook Feb. 28) from Lionsgate. It will begin another run on Sci Fi Channel March 12, where the set will be advertised.

A wealthy billionaire (Sam Neill) gathers a crack team of investigators — a reporter (Eric Stoltz), a scientist-adventurer (Michael Rodgers), a deep-ocean engineer (“JAG's” Catherine Bell) and a psychic (“X-Men's” Bruce Davison) — to look into his disappearing ships in the infamous Atlantic Ocean spot. They eventually run into government plots, time travel, alternate dimensions, massive storms and psychic phenomena.

Strangely enough, non-sci-fi fans seemed to like it. Singer emphasized the conflicts between the reporter and his ex-wife, as well as the anguish of a Greenpeace activist (Lou Diamond Phillips) who has the heart-wrenching experience of disappearing kids.

Singer felt his own early-morning pain for love of the project. While The Triangle was being made in Cape Town, South Africa, Singer was in Australia filming Superman Returns, getting up at 4 a.m. to look at daily scripts and the day's footage and send notes.

It was the first time the making-of footage for one of his projects was new to him, too.

“After I got back from Australia, I sat down and watched the making-of footage,” Singer said. “I talked to all these people all the time, but I didn't see it happen.”

The documentary Sci Fi Inside: The Triangle is included on the set.

Singer is a big fan of providing behind-the-scenes footage to fans. He provided a video blog of work on Superman Returns while in Australia, and he sings its praises.

“There's a certain kind of theater involved in the making of the movie, the sets, the drama, the equipment,” he said. “It exists only for that one period of time, then it's all dismantled, and all that remains is the movie.”

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