Insight goes Greek

The busy Vancouver prodco redoes Maple Ridge as ancient Greece for the cable movie Odysseus and the Isle of Mists, airing this winter on Sci Fi

VANCOUVER — Among the many adventures of Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey, The Isle of Mists ranks as one of the scariest, according to the author himself.

In the dark Greek classic, Odysseus’s ship is wrecked on a bleak, fog-shrouded island that is home to the siren Persephone and the nightmarish Shadow Beasts. In Insight Film Studios’ low-budget adaptation Odysseus and the Isle of Mists — commissioned by Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. and wrapping four weeks of production Sept. 15 — lead actor Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) comes ashore on Britannia Beach, north of Vancouver.

Production designer James Hazell (Painkiller Jane) says that, on film, B.C.’s locations easily pass for Ancient Greece, especially with the period-inspired costuming of Beverley Wowchuk (Dr. Doolittle 3). The forests, beaches on the coast and abandoned quarry in Maple Ridge work for the storyline, he explains. Key set pieces such as the Ionian merchant ship, Homer’s room, a cave, a destroyed alter and a volcano — which are all housed at a Langley studio — compete the period look.

All the locations qualify for the regional tax bonus.

Randal Edwards (The Best Years), JR Bourne (Everything’s Gone Green), Steve Bacic (Whistler) and Stefanie Von Pfetten (Battlestar Galactica) costar in the production.

Terry Ingram directs, with Insight, Plinyminor and sales agent Voltage Pictures as the production partners. Odysseus will air on Sci Fi this winter.

In other Insight production news, Temptation (also known as Secret Lives of Second Wives), wrapped three weeks of production Aug. 10 in Maple Ridge.

The low-budget MOW for Lifetime stars Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) and Brian McNamara (Army Wives) in a story about a woman living a secret life away from her family and friends.

Directed by George Mendeluk and written by Kelly Pryor (A Stranger’s Heart), the MOW is produced by Insight honcho Kirk Shaw. Canadian broadcasters are Alliance Atlantis and Sun TV, while Cinetel Films is the international sales agent. Airdates for Temptation are scheduled for this winter.