Sci Fi OKs 4-hour ‘Left Hand’ Mini

NEW YORK — Sci Fi Channel has greenlighted “The Left Hand of Darkness,” a four-hour miniseries based on the novel by renowned science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin, network officials said Wednesday.

Sci Fi signed a deal with Jaffe/Braunstein to develop “Left Hand” and assigned a tentative 2003 airdate. It will be executive produced by Alan Jacobs.

First published in 1969, “Left Hand” is Le Guin’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel about a lone human ambassador sent to an arctic planet to persuade its inhabitants to join a multiplanetary alliance.

The deal follows Sci Fi’s recent development pact with Lawrence Bender Prods. to develop Le Guin’s “Earthsea Trilogy” into a six-hour miniseries for Sci Fi. Sci Fi’s two development deals join a growing list of miniseries under development.