Debbie Gibson, Tiffany to battle in Syfy movie

7:42 PM PST 06/23/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

THR EXCLUSIVE

Syfy has cast 1980s pop-star rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in one of the network's signature Saturday night original movies.

The network promises an epic battle between the former teen pop stars, who will co-star in "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid."

Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.

In the script, the pair brawl at a party, then take matters outside into the swamp.

Both singers previously have been cast in Syfy originals but never have appeared together.

Executive vp programming and original movies Thomas Vitale said the idea was hatched by Syfy's creative team after Tiffany visited their office and said she always has wanted to work with Gibson; the media often portrayed the duo as rivals during their MTV years.

"They loved the idea of taking this perceived rivalry and having some fun with it," Vitale said.

"Gatoroid" is produced by the Asylum. Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary") will direct, marking the first time a woman has helmed a Syfy creature feature. Naomi Selfman ("Evil Eyes") will pen the script. The project will begin shooting this month and air next year.
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