Schroder to unleash Sci Fi's 'Hellhounds'


Ricky Schroder has signed to direct "Hellhounds," a telefilm that will air next year on Sci Fi Channel.

The movie, set in 500 B.C., stars Scott Elrod ("Men in Trees") as Kleitos, a Greek warrior who with his companions fights against the hellhounds of Hades to rescue his bride from the Underworld and bring her back to life. The telefilm, written by Paul A. Birkett, is said to be full of CGI and special effects.

"Hellhounds," which begins shooting Sunday in Romania, is a co-production between Canada's Muse Entertainment and Romania's S.C. Studiourile Media Pro. Muse's Michael Prupas will executive produce along with RHI Entertainment's Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. RHI will distribute.

Schroder said the project is his fifth with the Halmis, following January's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," which aired on Ion Television.

"Twenty years ago, the Halmis and I collaborated on 'Lonesome Dove,' and I am honored that our relationship has developed to the point where they trust me to direct 'Hellhounds,' " Schroder said.

His directing credits include "Black Cloud" and several music videos. He recently co-starred in A&E's miniseries "The Andromeda Strain" and in June wrapped a starring role in Jeb Stuart's indie film "Blood Done Sign My Name." Schroder is repped by Innovative Artists and Hofflund/Polone. (partialdiff)