JUST when you thought youâd heard the last of those infamous words ÎThe Bermuda Triangleâ, someone goes and makes a mini-series.

This someone, however, isnât just anyone. Heâs Bryan Singer, the director of The Usual Suspects, X-Men and next summerâs Superman Returns. Heâs also the executive producer of this seasonâs hit hospital drama, House.

Mr. Singer, who shares producer/co-writer credits on the series, called The Triangle, says: ãThe hook is turn the myth upside down, make kids scared of it again.ä

The UPN network is keeping a tight lid on the project, but bidding has already made news this week in England after the BBC reportedly offered to pay $3million for the six one-hour series, 50 per cent more than its competitors.

A UPN spokeswoman said theyâre still working on the pilot. ãThey shoot it and then they see whether they want to pick it up and put it on over the air,ä she said, adding she couldnât give us any more details until May. Internet reports, however, say the series has already been green-lighted.

Singer has spoken briefly about the project. He told Sci Fi Wire: ãOur story takes off at a point when there has been a gradual increase in phenomena surrounding the Triangle. As this group begins to unravel the mystery of the area, theyâll encounter significant danger. Itâs very eerie and interesting ÷perfect for the Sci Fi channel.ä

Vincent H. Gaddis first used the words ÎBermuda Triangleâ in a 1964 magazine article. He identified it as a triangle with points at Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the east coast of Florida.

Reports of mysterious disappearances in the area go back as far as 1950 when Associated Press writer E.V.W. Jones wrote an article hinting there was something fishy about the disappearance of five Navy Avenger torpedo bombers off the coast of Florida in 1945.

Scientists have since sought to rubbish the multitude of myths surrounding the so-called triangle, but its legacy lives on ÷ and lives on strong: The Internet search engine Google returns 373,000 hits for the words Bermuda Triangle.

In actual fact, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names doesnât recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an official name and according to WorldAtlas.com doesnât maintain an official file on the area.

Referencing the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters and the Naval Historical Center, WorldAtlas.com says: ãThe majority of disappearances can be attributed to the areaâs unique environmental features.ä

It explains: ãFirst, the ÎDevilâs Triangleâ [a name also used to describe the area] is one of the two places on earth that a magnetic compass does point towards true north. Normally it points toward magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation. The amount of variation changes by as much as 20 degrees as one circumvents the earth. If this compass variation and error is not compensated for, a navigator could find himself far off course and in deep trouble.ä

To sum up, it says: ãThe Coast Guard, and most other official sources, are not impressed with supernatural explanations of disasters at sea. It has been their experience that the combined forces of nature and unpredictability of mankind outdo even the most far-fetched science fiction many times each year.ä

Most TV viewers, however, arenât going to let science get in the way of a good story, just look at the X-Files, for example. They tell us that thereâs no scientific proof of extraterrestrial life on earth, but we still think what we want to think ÷ and the same is true for the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti. Brace yourselves. It looks like The Triangle is about to do for Bermuda what Jaws did for Amity, Long Island in 1975.