Joshua Jackson Set to Fight Off Aliens in 'UFO' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
November 22, 2009
Though my inner-child still knows him as Charlie Conway, captain of The Mighty Ducks, actor Joshua Jackson made an impressive leap from hockey and a certain titular creek into sci-fi. On the Fox TV series "Fringe," Jackson has investigated cases that would make Mulder and Scully blush. Now he's sticking with sci-fi as Variety reports he is set to star in UFO, an adaptation of a 70's British television series about a test pilot, Paul Foster, who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert org built under a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against aliens who are abducting humans for body parts.
Visual effects supervisor Matthew Gratzner (who worked on Iron Man and most recently Shutter Island) will make his directorial debut with UFO, aiming for a spring start in the United Kingdom. Gratzner seems pretty pumped to have Jackson on-board as he tells Variety: "Character development is the most critical part of UFO, and Joshua's terrific talent and range is exactly what I need to convey the inner conflict of the character of Paul Foster." Sounds kind of like a less comedic version of Men in Black, and secret government organizations as well as fighting aliens are always something I can get excited about. What about you?