Gary Susman
July 10, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Following the example of his friend Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese plans to produce a miniseries for the Sci-Fi Channel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese will make the move from Little Italy to little green men with ”The Twelve,” an ”X-Files”-like tale that will be at least six hours long, to air in 2005.

In the script, written by BBC scribe David Pirie (who wrote the Sherlock Holmes-inspired ”Murder Rooms” dramas that were broadcast here on PBS), an FBI agent investigates strange phenomena and comes to believe that they are signs of an imminent apocalypse, timed according to the 12 days of Christmas. (Hey, you’d be freaked out too if 10 lords a-leaping showed up on your doorstep.)

Scorsese is one of a number of big-name producers and directors planning long-form programs on Sci-Fi, following the otherworldly success of the Spielberg-produced ”Taken” last winter. Producers Gale Anne Hurd (”The Hulk”) and Dean Devlin (”Independence Day”) and ”X-Men” director Bryan Singer are teaming up to produce ”The Triangle,” an eight-hour project set in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Hurd is also producing ”Red Mars,” based on a novel by Kim Stanley Robinson.

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