20th Century Fox Developing Reboot For ‘Alien Nation’

0th 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.

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.


Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint In The ‘Alien Nation’ TV Series

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.

The reboot will also offer another chance for a fictional story to discuss topics like immigration and migrant workers, which is a topic that is as hot now than it was back in 1988 and the early 1990s.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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