A paranormal day at Sci Fi

Net sets two telepics, 'Ghost' spinoff

Jeremy London and Dina Meyer are each starring in an original movie in production at Sci Fi Channel, which also has greenlighted an international spinoff of its reality series "Ghost Hunters."

London ("7th Heaven"), Stefanie von Pfetten ("Dragon Boys") and Lexa Doig ("Stargate SG-1") are starring in "Ba'al," about a rogue Smithsonian archaeologist, dying of cancer, who will stop at nothing to retrieve the ancient amulets of the storm god Ba'al, which could cure him or make him a god.

The film is being directed by Paul Ziller ("Swarmed") and produced by CineTel Films.

Meanwhile, "Riddles of the Sphinx" stars Meyer (the "Saw" franchise) and Lochlyn Munro ("Deck the Halls") in a story about a father and daughter who find themselves in a series of battles of mind and body with the deadly Sphinx as they attempt to decode seven riddles in an effort to save humankind.

The movie is being directed by George Mendeluk ("Her Fatal Flaw") and produced by Plinyminor.

Both movies are shooting in and around Vancouver and will air as part of Sci Fi's Saturday night lineup late next year. Insight Film Studios are being used for both productions.

Sci Fi also has given the green light to "Ghost Hunters International," which will follow the adventures of a new team of skeptical paranormal investigators as they travel around Europe and apply their principles of scientific debunking to some of the continent's most legendary haunted spots.

The series, set to debut in January, is produced in association with Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television ("American Chopper"). Piligian and Thomas Thayer executive produce along with Rob Katz and Alan David.