Frakes To Conjure Up 'Illusion'

By Lisa
January 25, 2002 - 8:57 PM

Jonathan Frakes will swap his tricorder for a magic wand and a director's chair to helm a new Disney feature film.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed Frakes has been hired to direct 'Illusion,' a cross between 'The Fugitive' and 'F/X.' It tells the story of a magician who stages the death of a businessman and must go on the run as a fugitive. He must use his skills as a magician to prove his innocence.

No actors are currently attached to the project, which will be overseen by Jason Reed for Disney. The script is set to be written by Brent Bell and Matt Peterman. Frakes will direct the feature and produce with his partner Lisa Olin through their 'Goepp Circle Productions' house.

Frakes is not only known for his role in front of the camera on a Star Trek sound stage, but also behind the cameras. He directed the feature films 'Star Trek: First Contact' and 'Insurretion.' He's also responsible for four episodes of Deep Space Nine and three of Voyager; he appeared as William Riker in an episode of each series too. His most recent work as a feature film director was on the action movie 'Clockstoppers.'

Frakes is currently an executive producer on UPN series Roswell, where he has directed five episodes. He has appeared as himself in several epsiodes, including the recent 'Secrets and Lies,' which featured a cross-over with Enterprise.

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