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'ALF' Creator Paul Fusco Hopes Sitcom Puppet Gets a Feature Film

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May 23, 2012
Source: THR

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For children of the late 80's and early 90's, a TV staple was that of ALF, a sitcom that featured a puppet alien, voiced and created by Paul Fusco, who crash landed in the garage of a suburban family. While trying to repair his spaceship, the Tanner family hides the alien in their house where he becomes a strange but eventually important component of their everyday life. Now with the revival of plenty of other TV properties from the past like The A-Team and Dark Shadows, Fusco thinks the time is now to bring ALF back in the form of a big screen feature film, and he's actually preparing to pitch it to studios as we speak. More below!

Fusco talked about the potential project, which he's been working on for a few years, to THR (via Vulture):

“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, so I think it’s time. I think it could be a home run on a lot of levels.”

Of course, the angle of an alien in a suburban area isn't exactly new anymore, so how would the movie update and make it relevant both comedically and socially? Fusco elaborates on that very idea:

“ALF could be more outspoken now than ever, because the world is a whole different place than the '80s. And I think the character still stands up and certainly has more to say now than ever. I think we would approach it in a fresh way. I don’t think we would duplicate the TV show, but I think we would maybe put it in a storyline where we would explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family and let the character speak for himself.”

The question is whether or not it would still be geared towards families, or if this could become a bit more of an adult comedy without getting too raunchy (something Fusco has experience with if you check out some pretty vulgar outtakes from the original series). Honestly, this sounds like a great idea, and if things like Garbage Pail Kids and Hot Wheels can get movies in development, then I see no reason why a viable comedy series with potential for some great comedy can't come together too. After all, people loved the return of The Muppets, so maybe they'll be just as nostalgic for the return of ALF. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER

JCSWAG on May 23, 2012

2

If it's done right, I wouldn't mind seeing this. I actually would love for it to take place in "real time", acknowledging that what we saw in the 80's was part of ALF's life, and the movie is showing us where he is in modern times. For that matter, a new TV series with that concept could be nice. Maybe in the modern, single-camera style like The Office or Parks & Rec. ALF living with a new family, complete with little cutaway sound bites, etc. I'm generally not a fan of reboots or rehashes like this, but ALF is a rare case where I think there could be potential. Maybe I just love puppets too much.

SketchyGalore on May 23, 2012

3

Not my cup of tea. Just like the muppets.

Davide Coppola on May 23, 2012

4

As long as they don't go the CGI route like Garfield or the Smurfs. Keep him as a puppet!!

roofoo on May 23, 2012

5

THIS WON'T HAPPEN.

JIM on May 23, 2012

6

HAW! HAW! HAW! (count me out)

Voice of Reason on May 23, 2012

7

Charlie Sheen could play ALF, they share the same hair!!

Steve on May 23, 2012

8

Did he say n*gger n*gger n*gger in that one clip?

uncdmbfan on May 23, 2012

9

From what I read, the TV show wasn't a very happy set for many of the actors. I don't know... an ALF movie this late in the game? I suppose give it a shot and see what happens.

Max Renn on May 23, 2012

10

I never cared much for ALF, (and the muppets). They just not that funny!

Anyman on May 24, 2012

11

Don't let him near cats 😛  Love ALF!!!! ^_^  Bring him back!

ManOWar1122 on May 24, 2012

12

Yeah, I'm down for this. Loved ALF!

grimjob on May 24, 2012

13

ALF needs the Tanner Family and the light humour or he would be just another "Paul". 

filmtogo on May 26, 2012

14

I would love this. Alf is the alien! Who ever backs this project consider yourself a man of great taste. Lets get this in gear sooner than later. I see potential classicc

I love it on Jul 19, 2012

15

hey bigshot, its a nice opportunity, stop losing money and do something.

darkbringer on Aug 4, 2012

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