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Alien Nation is making a comeback. Deadline reports Jeff Nichols is slated to direct an upcoming film adaptation of the cancelled Fox TV series.Based on the 1988 movie starring James Caan, the sci-fi drama followed a Lapd officer is paired with an alien new to Earth. The cast included Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, and Lauren Woodland. Fox cancelled the series in 1990 after only one season.Read More… »
Back in March it was revealed that 20th Century Fox is developing a remake of the 1988 sci-fi buddy cop movie Alien Nation, and now comes word that the project has secured a director in Jeff Nichols, the filmmaker behind the likes of Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special and Loving. Nichols will also write the script, as well as producing alongside his Loving collaborators Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sara Greene.
Alien Nation starred James Caan as a racially-insensitive police detective forced to partner up with an extraterrestrial police officer (Mandy Patinkin), a member of an alien race who came to earth to escape slavery and assimilated in Los Angeles. The film spawned a TV series, along with a number of made-for-tv movies.
- Gary Collinson
The Important News DC Extended Universe: Joe Manganiello will play Deathstroke in the next Batman movie. Biopics: A 5,000-year-old Otzi the Iceman is getting his own movie. Musicals: Rebecca Ferguson joined the P.T. Barnum movie The Greatest Showman on Earth. Westerns: Jared Hess will direct the next Shanghai Noon sequel. Festivals: Fantastic Fest revealed its third wave of titles for this year's program. True Stories: Johnny Depp will play a detective who investigated the Biggie and Tupac murders. Ya Adaptations: Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling joined A Wrinkle in Time. Remakes: Jeff Nichols will write and direct the Alien Nation redo. Reel TV: Meryl Streep...
- Christopher Campbell
Jeff Nichols, director of such acclaimed hits as Mud, Take Shelter and this year’s Midnight Special, is currently in attendance at the ongoing Toronto Film Festival to promote Loving, the civil rights romance that places Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga front and center.
It’s set to open on November 4, but Nichols is already thinking further afield, with Deadline revealing today that the esteemed filmmaker is circling 20th Century Fox’s redo of Alien Nation. A remake of the 1988 sci-fi thriller that originally starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin as a frankly unforgettable extra-terrestrial, the outlet notes that Nichols is being eyed to write and direct this modern overhaul, welcoming a reunion with Loving producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sara Greene. The real question now is, will Michael Shannon make his third collaboration with Jeff Nichols?
Conjecture aside, Deadline writes that Fox is reportedly keen to get this Alien Nation »
- Michael Briers
Fresh off the premiere of Loving at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Jeff Nichols is about to tackle a completely different type of project. And this one is out of this world. Deadline is reporting that Nichols has signed on to go behind the camera for the reboot of Alien Nation, the buddy cop movie about an alien and an earthling. The 1988 film starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin. It went on to gross an unadjusted $32 million worldwide and spawned a TV series that ran for one season. Aboard to write the Alien Nation script are Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The two wrote Iron Man and the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight. The release date for Alien Nation has not yet been announced. »
- David Eckstein
Jeff Nichols recently delivered a riveting sci-fi film—with more than a dash of chase flick—with Midnight Special, which he wrote and directed. In an interview with the A.V. Club, Nichols discussed the importance of making grounded science fiction, which might very well be the reason he’s been entrusted with the Alien Nation remake that was announced last year. According to Variety, Nichols will write and direct the movie, which will reportedly reveal the origins of the Earth’s newfound alien population that may or may not look like Mandy Patinkin in sunglasses and a bald cap.
Nichols, who is gearing up for the Tiff premiere of Loving, will reteam with that film’s producers for the upcoming remake. The original film (and the TV spin-off) centered on humanoid extraterrestrials who crash-landed in the Mojave desert and tried to integrate themselves into human society, with mixed results »
- Danette Chavez
Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols has signed on to write and direct 20th Century Fox's remake of Alien Nation. The studio first set up this sci-fi remake in March 2015, when they brought on Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, but now Jeff Nichols will take over the writing duties. No production schedule was given at this time, and it isn't known if 20th Century Fox is eyeing a particular release date quite yet.
The original Alien Nation was set in a future where humans and an alien race were forced to co-exist with each other, as the humans keep the alien species segregated from the general population with very little rights. The plot followed the first ever alien police officer (Mandy Patinkin) on Earth, who is paired up with a racially-biased cop (James Caan). Although they have their differences, a case comes up that causes them to form »
We’re big fans of director Jeff Nichols around these parts. I loved his science fiction drama Midnight Special when I saw it at SXSW earlier this year and it’s still my favorite movie of 2016 so far. His other 2016 release, the drama Loving, was ranked number two on our list of most anticipated Fall movies and our own […]
- Jacob Hall
With Eighties-inspired sci-fi Midnight Special and civil rights drama Loving under his belt, is there a better choice to direct the reboot of Alien Nation than Jeff Nichols? 20th Century Fox seem convinced, as they’ve reportedly hired him to oversee the return of the cop saga which spanned both big and small screens.
Initially a 1988 buddy movie actioner, the plot followed James Caan and Mandy Patinkin as the hard-boiled law enforcer and his extraterrestrial partner respectively: it was set against the backdrop of an Earth where leopard-spotted refugees “Newcomers” have assimilated themselves into society.
The concept became known for its title species, whose love of sour milk and aversion to sea water helped spawn a TV series and accompanying films. Nichols is on both writing and helming duties – will he retain the aliens’ distinctive look and customs?
One thing you can guarantee is a strong relevance to today’s »
- Steve Palace
Nichols is reteaming with “Loving” producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sara Greene for the new “Alien Nation” movie. The deal comes two days ahead of “Loving” making its North American premiere on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The original “Alien Nation” was set in Los Angeles after 300,000 members of an enslaved alien race — “The Newcomers” — landed in the Mojave Desert. James Caan starred as police officer partnered with an alien, played by Mandy Patinkin.
“Alien Nation,” produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Richard Kobritz, was a moderate success with a $25 million gross. Fox launched a spinoff TV series, starring Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint, which ran for 22 episodes.
- Dave McNary
Jeff Nichols, director of the awards-season contender “Loving,” is signing a deal with 20th Century Fox to write and direct a new big-screen version of “Alien Nation,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The original 1988 science fiction thriller starred James Caan as a racist cop who is forced to team up with an alien (played by Mandy Patinkin). Graham Baker directed. The film has mediocre reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, holding a score of 54 percent, but it also spawned a one-season Fox TV series in 1989-90. Nichols will screen his civil rights drama “Loving” at the Toronto »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Exclusive: As Jeff Nichols premieres the civil rights drama Loving here at Toronto this weekend, he’s preparing to take a less obvious look at the subject of racism. Nichols is making a deal at 20th Century Fox to write and direct a new version of Alien Nation, the 1988 science fiction thriller that took the mismatched buddy cop concept to the extreme. The original starred James Caan as a racist cop who is forced to team with a member of an alien race which came to Earth… »
Variety is reporting that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace is in talks to co-star alongside Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in David Ayer's Bright. Max Landis wrote the spec scipt for the project, which has been described as End Of Watch meets Alien Nation, and takes place "in a world where orcs and fairies live among humans." Sources also tell Variety... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Gale Anne Hurd has made movies about aliens. In fact, one of the greatest of all time, the sequel Aliens. She also produced one of my personal favorites, Alien Nation. So the news that Gale Anne Hurd is back in the alien game should mean a lot. She is producing the new show Hunters on Syfy. Hunters […]
- Fred Topel
There are echoes of Alien Nation and Predator in this week’s episode, which effectively employs flashback to fill in back story for everyone. Unlike other shows the technique is employed correctly to broaden and deepen our bond with these characters, while showing the true nature of others. With a surprising yet welcome appearance from Dean Cain’s Jeremiah Danvers, as well as topical pops at film stars and royalty alike. Supergirl still proves to have something in reserve as we head towards the season finale. With Henshaw’s intervention and subsequent arrest, we open with an incarcerated Hank stuck in a Deo cell eating chocolate.
Following on from his reveal as a Martian shapeshifter, Supergirl subtlety addresses issues of victimisation first broached in ‘Human For a Day’. Giving everyone their moment in the sun through interrogation flashbacks, whilst keeping it interesting »
- Amie Cranswick
Just last week, we heard about a cool new project that would reunite Will Smith and Joel Edgerton with David Ayer, their Suicide Squad director. Titled Bright, it's based on an original screenplay by Max Landis (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) that was described as "a contemporary cop thriller, but with fantastical elements." Now we're hearing via The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix is in negotiations to acquire and produce the package. If everything works out, it would be the biggest movie deal yet for the streaming service. More details about the story have also been revealed. Reportedly, Bright is described as a "mixing of End of Watch, Ayer’s own 2012 gritty cop movie, and Alien Nation, the 1988 sci-fi thriller that starred James...
- Peter Martin
Netflix is still relatively new to film distribution, but they’re already making a lot of noise. After scooping up what feels like half of this year’s Sundance lineup, the company has set its sights on David Ayer‘s Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Described as a mash-up of Alien Nation and Ayer’s own End of Watch, the cop […]
- Angie Han
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