Ricky Schroder is to direct Hellhounds, an original movie for the US SCI FI Channel which will shoot on location in Romania from Aug 31 to Sept 19.

The film is an international co-production between Canada's Muse Entertainment and Romania's SC Studiourile Media Pro. Muse's Michael Prupas is executive producing alongside RHI Entertainment's Robert Halmi Sr and Robert Halmi Jr. RHI will handle worldwide distribution.

The film is set in 500BC and stars Scott Elrod as the Greek warrior Kleitos who fights against the terrible hellhounds of Hades to rescue his bride Princess Demetria from the torments of the Underworld. Paul A Birkett wrote the screenplay.

Schroder, an actor who rose to fame as a child star in films such as The Champ and Little Lord Fauntleroy, has made a name as an adult actor on TV in series like 24 and NYPD Blue. His previous directing credits include coming-of-age boxing film Black Cloud and music videos such as Whisky Lullaby for Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.

Schroder is repped by Innovative Artists and Hofflund/Polone.