SyFy and Universal Pictures have teamed up for production and distribution of more films like Bats: Human Harvest and Mega Piranha.
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures and the science-fiction channel SyFy will soon announce a new joint venture. The two entities have joined forces to create SyFy Films, which will produce movies labeled as SyFy and distributed in theaters by Universal. The goal is for the new company to generate two films each year by 2012.
The official announcement will be made jointly by President of SyFy and Chiller Dave Howe, Executive Vice President of Original Programming Mark Stern, Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson, and Universal Co-Chair Donna Langley. Deadline quotes the official SyFy statement about the film company, in which Howe and Stern predict, “partnering our brand with the theatrical talent of Universal Pictures…will allow us to exploit our combined expertise and resources to create commercially successful quality films that have the potential to become great franchises for the whole company.”
Universal’s statement is a bit more pragmatic, as Fogelson and Langley anticipate, “joining together to find moderately budgeted projects that we can develop using their expertise and their brand is a great opportunity for both of our companies.”
It looks like this project will finally be making science-fiction classics in the vein of Dinocroc vs. Supergator, Ice Spiders, Man With The Screaming Brain, and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud available to a wider audience.