LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Syfy has cast 1980s pop-star rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in one of the network’s signature Saturday night original movies.
The cable network promises an epic battle between the former teen pop stars, who will co-star in “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.”
Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators. In the script, the pair brawl at a party, then take matters outside into the swamp.
Both singers previously have been cast in Syfy originals, but never have appeared together.
The idea was hatched by Syfy’s creative team after Tiffany visited their office and said she always has wanted to work with Gibson, said Thomas Vitale, Syfy’s executive vp programing and original movies; the media often portrayed the duo as rivals during their MTV years. “They loved the idea of taking this perceived rivalry and having some fun with it,” Vitale said.
The project will begin shooting this month and air next year. Mary Lambert (“Pet Sematary”) will direct.