Mr. Murder (miniseries)

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Mr. Murder
Mr. Murder (miniseries).jpg
GenreCrime Thriller
Science fiction
Based onMr. Murder by Dean Koontz
Screenplay byStephen Tolkin
Directed byDick Lowry
StarringStephen Baldwin
Theme music composerLouis Febre
Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2
Production
Producer(s)Kenneth Kaufman
George Jackson
Ann Kindberg
Dean R. Koontz
Rob Lee
Doug McHenry
Debbie Smith
CinematographyGreg Gardiner
Editor(s)Brent White
Running time193 minutes
Production company(s)Elephant Walk Entertainment
Endemol Entertainment
Patchett Kaufman Entertainment
Pro 7
DistributorABC
Release
Original networkABC
Original release21 September 1998 (NZ)
April 26/29, 1999 (USA)

Mr. Murder is a 1998 American science fiction-crime thriller television miniseries starring Stephen Baldwin based on the 1993 book of the same name by Dean Koontz. It was first broadcast in New Zealand on September 21, 1998.[1] The first part then aired on ABC in the USA on Monday, April 26, 1999, at 9:00 p.m. and the finale aired on Thursday, April 29, at 9:00 p.m.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Father and Son Drew Oslett Sr.(James Coburn) and Jr. (Thomas Haden Church) are shadowy operatives who create assassins and now through pioneering genetically engineering and cloning intend to create a perfect untraceable assassin. After electrocuting their intended candidate to gain his DNA, the tissue samples are contaminated and replaced by those belonging to Marty Stillwater (Stephen Baldwin) who is a successful mystery novel writer. Seven years later his clone Alfie is genetically engineered to be a perfect soldier and has been conditioned to be a remorseless killing machine. But unbeknownst to his creators he has developed a telepathic bond with Marty along with Remote Viewing capabilities and jealous of Marty's life and family, intends to replace Marty, prompting the Osletts to take a hit out on all the Stillwaters.

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Production[edit]

Koontz sold the film rights to Mr. Murder to Savoy Pictures after the book's publication. The adaptation was initially scheduled to be a big budget theatrical feature in 1996 starring Bruce Willis as Marty Stillwater and to be directed by Uli Edel.[3] However, this version never came into fruition.

With the feature film unable to get off the ground, the rights were sold to a different production company that developed the project as a miniseries on a much smaller budget.[4] This adaptation was directed by Dick Lowry from a teleplay by Stephen Tolkin. The cast included Stephen Baldwin as Marty Stillwater, Julie Warner as Paige Stillwater, Thomas Haden Church as Drew Oslett Jr., and James Coburn as Drew Oslett, Sr., a character not in the book. It was broadcast in New Zealand on September 21, 1998,[1] and was later broadcast in the United States on ABC on April 26 and April 29, 1999.[2]

Reception[edit]

Ray Richmond of Variety.com gave the miniseries a negative review, writing that it did not make any sense and that the only difference between the identical twins was their manner of speaking.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mr. Murder (TV Movie 1998)". Retrieved 20 October 2017 – via www.imdb.com.
  2. ^ a b c Richmond, Ray (26 April 1999). "Dean Koontz's 'Mr. Murder'". variety.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ ""Mr. Murder," with Bruce Willis set to star next fall with Uli Edel directing". varietyultimate.com: Variety. October 19, 1995. Retrieved July 26, 2014. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Dean Koontz. "Mr. Murder From the Author". deankoontz.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26.

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