Menosky's 'Anonymous Rex' Comes To Sci-FiBy Michelle
September 21, 2004 - 10:28 PM
Anonymous Rex, a Sci Fi Channel original movie and backdoor pilot scripted by former Star Trek: Voyager writer Joe Menosky, will air on Sci Fi this fall.
The Futon Critic has announced a November 19th premiere date for the film at 9 p.m. (just after the end of Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN). Based on the series of novels by Eric Garcia, which focuses on a secret society of dinosaur descendants who have infiltrated modern society, Menosky's film portrays the events of prequel Casual Rex. Sci Fi has the option to create at least two more episodes. The third novel in the series, Hot and Sweaty Rex, will be released next year.
The official site at Sci Fi explains that Anonymous Rex will focus on private investigators Vincent Rubio (Sam Trammell) and Ernie Watson (Daniel Baldwin) who are secretly dinosaurs disguised as humans with shape-shifting technology. An herb addict, Rubio is searching for clues to the death of another investigator. The pilot film also stars musician Isaac Hayes and Oscar winner Faye Dunaway.
Menosky co-wrote an episode of Voyager that focused on dinosaurs, "Distant Origin." Sci Fi executive vice president for original programming Mark Stern said that the production would incorporate both computer animation and animatronics as well as prosthetics on the performers. "It feels like this is the time for this concept to come to fruition," he said.