Back in 1988 Gail Ann Herd released a fantastic movie called ‘Alien Nation,’ which starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin as a pair of mismatched detectives.
The film was a cult hit and certainly ranked as one of my favorite films of the late 80s.
20th Century Fox are having a second bite at the ‘Alien Nation’ cherry with a reboot of the film, which is to be written by Iron Man‘s Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
The original film was set in a near future where humans and aliens begrudgingly co-exist, with the new race being segregated without rights.
It focused on the first alien police officer, who is paired with a racially heartless partner. However, the pair soon learn to respect each other after joining forces on a new case.
The original film eventually spun – off into a television series, which saw Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint take over the roles of Detective Sykes and Francisco. The series was produced by Kenneth Johnson, who is best known to genre television fans for his work on ‘V The Mini Series’, ‘The Bionic Woman’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’. The series ran for only one season, but spawned four spin-off television movies.
As a fan of the original movie and television series I think this movie remake could be good if it is approached with the same level of care and attention than the original was. The television series demonstrated a lot of story telling possibilities and did much to expand on the origins of the alien race that was living among us.