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That furry, satirical alien life form ― better known to ’80s television viewers as Alf (aka Gordon Shumway) ― is headed for the big screen. According to THR, Sony Animation has nabbed the rights to the character, who celebrated his 25th anniversary last year.
For the uninitiated, Alf is an acronym for alien life form. The sitcom, which aired on NBC between 1986-90, centered on the alien creature, who crash landed on Earth and was “adopted” by the Tanners, a suburban family. Alf quickly demonstrated not only a sarcastic personality, but an appetite for cats, even as government forces sought to find him. »
- Robert Falconer
Sony Animation has acquired rights to the 1986 NBC TV series "Alf" (aka 'Alien Life Form') for a big screen feature combining live action and CG FX.
Jordan Kerner, who adapted box office winner "The Smurfs" for the studio will produce the new film with "Alf" creator Paul Fusco (original voice/operator of the "Muppets"-like 'Alf' hand puppet) and "Alf" original TV series producer Tom Patchett. Ben Haber and Kenneth Kaufman will executive produce.
The "Alf" TV series produced 102 episodes, followed by the 1996 TV movie, "Project Alf", focusing on 'Gordon Shumway', an Et who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class 'Tanner' family. Alf's home planet 'Melmac' exploded following a nuclear war, when he was off planet as part of the 'Melmac Orbit Guard'.
Covered in fur with a rippled snout, his heart is located in his head. He is sarcastic, slovenly and cynical, »
- M. Stevens
"How about a hug for the ol' ALFer?"
Hide your cats – Alf is back. That’s right, the furry little bugger from the planet Melmac is set for his big screen return after years in the wilderness according to the show’s creator Paul Fusco, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter recently.
According to Fusco, the character of Gordon Shumway (nicknamed Alf – Alien Life Form) will be re-imagined for a big screen revival as opposed to a new version of his classic TV series that ran for several years in the Us. Jordan Kerner – the man behind the Smurf’s first movie – will produce and has stated that the film will be a mixture of CGI and live action. It is unclear if Alf will appear as a puppet at all throughout the movie but this is unlikely given the success of the Paul movie.
For those of you who »
- Matt Aspin
Few mainstream sitcoms have ever been more eccentric (or more puppet-y) than Alf, the lighthearted ’80s series which centered on an typical All-American suburban family who live with a furry alien creature. The character Alf (who had a real name: Gordon Shumway) has mostly been absent since the show went off the air in 1990, besides a 1996 TV movie that costarred Martin Sheen and an extremely short-lived 2004 talk show in TV Land. But big things are happening for the big-snouted E.T. from Planet Melmac: Sony Pictures Animation has purchased the rights to Alf, with an eye towards bringing the franchise to the big screen. »
- Darren Franich
Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the classic 80s American sitcom Alf and is set to develop a hybrid live-action / CG-animated feature film, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that producer Jordan Kerner - who recently scored a huge hit with The Smurfs - has been assigned to oversee the project. Kerner will produce the big screen adaptation alongside show creators Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco, the latter of whom is also expected to continue lending his voice to the character.
Originally airing between 1986 and 1990, Alf centred on a furry alien called Gordon Shumway (a.k.a. 'Alf' - an acronym for Alien Life Form), who crash lands in the garage of a suburban family, the Tanners, after his home planet of Melmac is destroyed in an explosion. Taken in by the Tanners and sheltered from the Us military, Alf causes trouble left right and centre as »
The most vivid memory I have of television’s classic 1980s sitcom, Alf, involves running away. Even as a wee lass, I was obsessed with Alf. And, also, Alf. Alf was not a show for children. Gordon Shumway was a dick. He ate cats. He was rude and cynical and he didn’t pay any heed to what would happen if he was discovered and what that would mean for the beleaguered Tanner family who took in his burnt sienna ass. He also, apparently, once had liposuction. But he was also a loyal friend with a big appetite for life (and food). I loved Alf. Even at the tender age of four, I loved Alf (no, my parents didn’t put limits on my television-watching, even then). So why the running? Every time Alf popped up on TV, I had to run from one end of the house (TV room) to the other (my room) to grab »
- Kate Erbland
Classic '80s sitcom star Alf is a puppet no more. The furry alien life form known for his sarcastic sense of humor and an appetite for cats is coming to a theater near you -- but now in CGI form, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the show "Alf" and plans to develop it into a hybrid CG/live action film. Jordan Kerner, who produced produced Spa's "The Smurfs" movie, will produce the flick with original show creators Tom Patchett and puppeteer Paul Fusco.
The show, which aired from 1986-1990, centered on Alf -- whose name was later revealed to be Gordon Shumway -- who crash landed on Earth and moved in with the Tanner family. Fusco provided Alf's voice on the show and is expected to do the same for the movie.
Would you go see an "Alf" movie? Do »
Hollywood's strip mining of people's child hood continues, with news that 1980's sitcom Alf, about Gordon Shumway, an Alien Life Form (see what they did there) from the planet Melmac, living with a family on Earth, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Animation, with plans to bring it to the big screen as a combination of live action and CGI, similar to The Smurfs movie. No writer or director has been attached, but the original show's main puppeteer, and voice of the title character, Paul Fusco, has signed on a one of the producers, along with Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner and Alf creator Tom Patchett. It is expected (and hoped) that Fusco will reprise his role for the new movie. While I'm a huge fan of the show from my younger days, the fact that they are using CGI, over the originals puppetry, doesn't make me sit up and take notice of this new project. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Alf? That would be Alien Life Form to you. Or Gordon Shumway as his friends call him. Highly improbable that an alien would be named Gordon Shumway, you say? What, and the fact that he’s an English-speaking furry alien with a huge nose who likes to eat cats is just perfectly fine? That’s right, fans of ’80s sitcoms, Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the film rights to the TV show “Alf”, with plans to turn it into a feature-length film that combines CG and live-action ala “The Smurfs”. To that end, producer Jordan Kerner, who ushered forth the highly successful “Smurfs” movie, will be taking lead on this one as well for the studio. Alf, of course, was an orange alien furball who lived with the Tanners while hiding out from the Guv’ment intent on discovering his existence. The show ran for four seasons and produced over 100 episodes in the late ’80s, »
- Nix and Dedpool
Sony Pictures Animation has finalized a deal with Jordan Kerner who was involved with the production of the 2011 Smurfs movie and will take on the same duties with the Alf movie, along with Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco.
The classic 1980s TV sitcom which ran from 1986-1990will be developed into a CG-live action hybrid feature. The title character who finds a home with a suburban family, who grow to love him, despite his sarcasm and his appetite for cats was voiced by Paul Fusco.
Fusco said back in May:
I think the timing is right. That’s a big important thing, timing.There have been movies out there of characters that I didn’t think were on the same parallel as Alf that got movies made, »
- Nick Martin
And now for the most bizarre news story of the day… Sony has been raiding the '80s sitcom cupboard and is planning to bring Alf to the big screen with a mixture of live-action and CGI. The original TV show told the story of Gordon Shumway, a common or garden alien who accidentally crash-landed in the garage of a suburban American family. Unfazed by this development, they promptly adopted him as a pet and all manner of charming antics ensued. Obviously reading that synopsis as code for "box office gold", Sony has snapped up...
- George Wales
Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the 1980s sitcom "Alf," which plans to turn the property into a CG/live-action film. "The Smurfs" producer Jordan Kerner is on board to oversee the project along with show creators Tom Patchett and puppeteer Paul Fusco. "Alf" centered on a friendly furry alien creature (a puppet) who crash landed on Earth and took up with the Tanners, a suburban family. Alf, whose name was later revealed as Gordon Shumway, is sarcastic and has an appetite for cats. He courts trouble with government forces that are on his tail. The show aired 102 episode from 1986-90. Fusco voiced the title character on the show and is expected to reprise his role for the movie. No writer or director is currently attached. »
Hollywood is continuing to plunder the casket of cherished 1980s franchises for movie ideas, following the box office success (and mixed critical response) for 21st Century takes on Transformers, G.I. Joe, and 21 Jump Street. Just last week, in fact, we learned the Masters of the Universe reboot is still chugging along. It’s comes as little surprise, then, that ginger (he prefers burnt sienna) extraterrestrial Gordon Shumway – better known as Alien Life Form or Alf – is being brought out of retirement for a feature-length movie.
Earlier this year, Alf co-creator (and the voice/puppeteer behind the title character) Paul Fusco announced he’s pitching ideas for a film treatment. Sony Pictures Animation has closed a deal for the rights to the Alf franchise, setting Fusco and fellow co-creator Tom Patchett as producers alongside ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Hide your cats!
Hollywood continues to mine old '80s properties for 21st century reboots, even the most all-but-forgotten franchises such as "Alf," according to Heat Vision.
"Alf" (which stands for Alien Life Form, as explained by Max Wright's Willie Tanner in the pilot episode) followed the adventures of a furry wisecracking alien who came to live with a suburban family after crash-landing into their garage.
While never anything resembling great television,"Alf" got by on the charm of puppeteer Paul Fusco, who was also the series co-creator with Tom Patchett. "The show ended up airing for four seasons from 1986-1990.
Now, Alf is going to crash-land into some other garage as the star of a live-action/CG hybrid, a la last summer's "The Smurfs." In fact, the "Alf" movie comes courtesy of producer Jordan Kerner, who helped bring the Smurfs to the big screen. Both Patchett and Fusco are involved as well, »
- Bryan Enk
“Remember Alf? He’s back! In [film] form.”
Quite the prescient boy, that Milhouse Van Houten. I’ve never seen an episode of Alf, could not name a cast member, and wouldn’t be able to hum the tune if my life depended on it — I don’t even know if there is “a tune,” to be honest — so, theoretically, my “attachment” to this news is entirely non-existent. I only know that Simpsons moment.
Let me shut up and get the big things out of the way: THR informs us Sony Animation and Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner have bought the rights to Alf (I just typed “have bought the rights to Alf“), a precious commodity they plan to exploit in the form of a motion picture — one which will combine live-action and CGI. Sort of like The Smurfs, you see.
The plot will, thank baby Christ, probably be something not unlike »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Hide your cats, the Alien Life Form known as Alf is coming to a theater near you! Sony Pictures Animation has just landed the feature rights to the 1980s television sitcom. Along with producer Jordan Kerner (Smurfs) and show creators Tom Patchett and puppeteer Paul Fusco, the studio will develop the project as a blend of live-action and CGI. Fusco, who voiced the furry character for all 102 episodes, will lend his vocal talents to the film as well. Hit the jump for more on Alf. Heat Vision brings us the exciting news that an Alf adaptation may be in the works for the big screen. As an alien that crash-landed to Earth and was subsequently taken in by the Tanner family, Alf (aka Gordon Shumway) was a sarcastic little furball that had an appetite for cats and a penchant for attracting trouble from government authorities. It's unfortunate that the studio »
- Dave Trumbore
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the classic 1980s TV sitcom Alf (Alien Life Form) and will develop the property into a CG-live action hybrid feature. Apparently Jordan Kerner, the man responsible for bringing (inflicting upon) us the recent Smurfs movie will also produce this, along with Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco. Fusco also voiced the character in the original show, and is expected to do the same for the movie. For those not in the know, Alf ran from 1986 to 1990 and lasted 102 episodes. It focused on a friendly -- aside from his penchant for eating cats -- little alien named Gordon Shumway who lands on Earth and winds up staying with the Tanner family. It was actually pretty funny, or at least it was at the time, so expect the movie not to be in any way shape or form. No »
Alf, the iconic American science fiction sitcom from the 1980's and 90's, is making the jump to the big screen with original voice actor and puppeteer Paul Fusco attached. The popular series followed Gordon Shumway, a friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed Alf (an acronym for Alien Life Form), who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class family in Los Angeles, California. The Tanners, consisting of of social worker Willie (Max Wright), his wife Kate (Anne Schedeen), their teenage daughter Lynn (Andrea Elson), younger son Brian (Benji Gregory), and their cat Lucky -- who Alf constantly tries to eat -- are unsure what to do so they hide Alf in their home from their friends, neighbors and the Alien Task Force (part of the U.S. Air Force) until he can repair his spacecraft. In »
- Pietro Filipponi
Gordon Shumway, the sardonic alien life form better known by the acronym Alf , is headed to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Sony Animation has nabbed the rights to the character, who celebrated his 25th anniversary last year. The original voice of Alf, Paul Fusco, is expected to return for a big screen take on the fuzzy extraterrestrial that will merge live action with CGI. Jordan Kerner, who previously adapted The Smurfs for the studio in a similar fashion, will produce alongside Fusco and series creator Tom Patchett. Ben Haber and Kenneth Kaufman will executive produce. »
If you were around during the '80s, you will probably concur that some pretty strange movies and TV shows became big hits during that decade. A lot of these things just wouldn't fly nowadays, unless of course, they were repackaged as nostalgic blasts from the past. Between 1986 and 1990, one of the most popular sitcoms on TV was Alf, a show about an alien lifeform from the planet Melmac, who crash lands on Earth and is taken in by a middle class family living in surbuban Los Angeles. Believe it or not, series creator Paul Fusco still hasn't given up on the character after all these years, and he's currently in the process of pitching an Alf feature film to studios. The question is, will anyone actually bite? Talking to THR recently, Fusco explained that with movies like Transformers, The Smurfs and 21 Jump Street already out there, an Alf movie »
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