Morning briefing: THEM/SIX

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2006111001521 Morning briefing: THEM/SIXAn obscure Image B&W one-shot entitled SIX by Michael Avon Oeming, Daniel Berman and Ethen Beavers will be turned into a TV pilot, now called THEM. Terminator 3’s Jonathan Mostow, Battlestar Galactica’s David Eick and Profit’s John McNarama:

Eick and McNamara are writing the script for the TV take, exec producing with Mostow.

Mostow is attached to direct and exec produce the project, which could mark his first major foray into TV.

While producers are trying to keep a lid on some key details, basic premise of “Them” involves a sleeper cell of extraterrestrial terrorists who take the shape of humans. Their mission is compromised when they start experiencing human emotions, which act like a drug on the aliens.

“On a surface level, it’s a really cool science fiction thriller,” Mostow told Daily Variety. “But underneath, it’s a very provocative show that’s really going to explore what it means to be human, to be a person.”

Indeed, Eick said, much as “Battlestar” is a “metaphor for Iraq, foreign policy and how we view our enemy, ‘Them’ is about the war on terror, writ large.

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