The Hollywood Reporter appears delighted to be the “exclusive” purveyor of this thrilling news:
Syfy has cast 1980s pop-star rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in one of the network’s signature Saturday night original movies.
The 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.
Presumably, since this is not Showtime, the ladies will not be stripping down to their unmentionables for this brawl.
Executive vp programming and original movies Thomas Vitale said the idea was hatched by Syfy’s creative team after Tiffany visited their office and said she always has wanted to work with Gibson; 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.
I bet they did. And I’m sure the overgrown fansboys on Syfy’s “creative” team were not totally turned on by the idea of these two rolling around in a swamp pulling each other’s hair, and merely wanted to give these two women the opportunity to fulfill one of their own shared fantasies.
I only wonder why Syfy didn’t skip the Mega Python vs. Gatoroid nonsense and just call it Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson.