The Sundance Channel hasteamed up with satirist Garry Trudeau and director Robert Altman on a sequel totheir political mini-series Tanner 88.
Production is due to beginnext month on the as yet unnamed three-parter, which stars original castmembers Cynthia Nixon, Michael Murphy, Pamela Reed and Matt Malloy and is scheduledto screen in October - one month before the Presidential election.
The channel broadcast are-run of the original 11-part series in February during the Democraticprimaries. The new storyline will follow Tanner's daughter as she seeks fundingfor her documentary about Presidential candidates.
Altman will direct from ascreenplay by Trudeau, who created the acclaimed cartoon strip Doonesbury,while Matthew Seig, Wren Arthur and Sandcastle 5 Productions will produce.
Altman and Trudeau willserve as executive producers with Adam Pincus, Sundance Channel's senior vicepresident of on-air and original programming.
The channel has also pickedup exclusive television rights to two documentaries that played at Tribeca lastweek - Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel's Arna's Children andCathy Henke's The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face.
Arna's Children (2003) revisits a children's theatre group in theoccupied West Bank in the Middle East while Henke's film examines the aftermathof her mother's rape and the bungled investigation that has left the crimeunsolved since 1989.
Sundance Channel's vicepresident of acquisitions for entertainment Christian Vesper negotiated withEsther van Messel of First Hand Films for Arna's Children and with JanRofekamp and Diana Holtzberg of Films Transit for The Man Who Stole MyMother's Face.
Arna's Children is scheduled to debut in August on the weekly DOCdayslot and The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face will air in 2005.