January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

PROJECT Fox’s Harsh Realm (that’s the working title), the latest from The X-Files and Millennium creator Chris Carter (planned for this fall).
THE DETAILS It’s based on a sci-fi comic book; gumshoe Dexter Green must track down a kid lost in a computer-created ”pocket universe” — an idea that came to creator James Hudnall in a dream. ”I woke up and started thinking,” he recalls, ”and pulled all these random thoughts into a story.”
AT STAKE Realm needs to be bigger than Millennium if Carter is to kick off his $25-30 million Fox pact with a bang.
CASTING CONSPIRACY? Buzz casts Nicholas Lea (Alex Krycek on The X-Files) as Green (though Fox says Lea is one of many candidates). And with rumors of Krycek’s demise, Lea might be available. As always with Carter, the truth is out there.

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