“Hah! I kill me!”
If this catchphrase rings a bell, it’s probably because you were once a fan of the hit 80s sitcom “ALF”. I used to adore that TV show, featuring the wisecracking Alien Life Form stranded on Earth with a suburban all-American family. Looking back at it now, it’s such a quaint relic of the era. But Sony Animation believes the property’s still got significant value in it.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the studio has plans to bring ALF (aka Gordon Shumway) to the big screen in a full-length feature film. Sony has acquired the rights to the character, who celebrated his 25th anniversary last year. Paul Fusco, who provided the original voice of ALF, is expected to return. Which is not just a great little bit of continuity, but also shows an understanding of what made ALF so popular: his sarcastic wit, delivered in that distinctive nasal twang.
But anyone expecting him to remain a puppet/guy in a suit will be disappointed, as the comedy remake will see the furry extraterrestrial realised via CGI. It’s still a live-action movie though. Fusco is also take on a producer’s role, and he’ll be serving alongside series creator Tom Patchett and Jordan Kerner, who previously adapted “The Smurfs” for Sony. That’s not exactly an encouraging credential, but it’s early days yet. More details as Electroshadow gets em…