Prepare yourself, world, for the fuzzy alien menace of the late 80s is back and coming to a big screen near you. Sony Pictures Animation has just closed the deal on acquiring the rights to pop-icon puppet ALF and is looking to start production on a feature film.
It’s been nearly 25 years since the cat-eating alien left the airwaves after a very successful run. Since then he has been reappearing in bit parts all over the place. His creator, Paul Fusco has been instrumental in ALF’s continued (if mostly unnoticed) presence in Hollywood. He’s been pushing for a movie since before the series ended and it looks like he has finally achieved victory.
The ALF film is going to be put together by the same folks who did the Smurfs movie and is said to be a combination of live-action and CGI. Whether ALF will remain a puppet or not remains to be seen, but I’m guessing they’ll opt for the digital on that one. If you’re not a Muppet, people don’t want to see your flapping, non-expressive mouth. The voice of ALF will remain the same at least, with Fusco set to take up where he left off.
Me, I’m pretty nonplussed about the announcement. Anyone out there actually excited for this one?
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the info.