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