Alien Nation Reboot Coming From Iron Man Writers

Still from the Alien Nation movie (1988)

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

I have this theory that there is one person, or a small team of people, whose job it is to dig through the records of each studio and find some old cult television show or film to re-adapt for today’s market. Whoever this secret cabal of people are, they’ve dug up another gem from the 1980’s in the form of Alien Nation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote the first Iron Man for Marvel, will take on scripting duties and pen the first Alien Nation film for 20th Century Fox. You’ll notice I said first film, since Fox is looking to make a franchise from it.

THR reports that Fox is hoping this will be the first film in a series of films, not unlike the Planet of the Apes reboot that has been doing phenomenally well for them at the box office. The movie will be an origin story that explains how and why the aliens came to Earth although it’s not said if that will be entire story or just the first act.

The original film was set in the near future, three years after a spaceship carrying 250,000 slaves of a species called the Tenctonese, who were more commonly known as the Newcomers, crashed on Earth. They eventually assimilated into American life with most of them living in a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Conceptually, it was Lethal Weapon with aliens, and starred James Caan as a bigoted human detective who was paired up with the first Newcomer detective played by Mandy Patinkin. Oh, and the aliens get drunk off sour milk.

Of course, the obvious parallels to District 9 are being made about the film, but I don’t think that will be too much of a problem, because other than the overall conceit and story themes, they’re still very different. We also don’t know how different this reboot will be from the original and it’s already been 6 years since District 9 came out.

Even though Alien Nation had a theatrical film, a single season of a television show, and five TV movies, we still don’t know much about the Newcomers’ level of technology or a lot of the specifics of where they come from. I’ll be surprised if there isn’t more happening in this franchise other than solving a case. There’s no word on when this film is expected to go before cameras or be released.

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