They're Actually Making the New 'ALF' Movie?! But It's a CGI-Hybrid
I don't about everyone else, but I totally loved ALF when I was growing up. You know the guy I'm talking about, that goofy, very furry, weird alien creature (Alien Life Form - see above) who had his own TV show in the late 80's. There have been rumors and buzz about an ALF movie for the last few years, but we kept hearing that none of it was really real, and it wasn't likely to actually happen. Well, according to this update from Heat Vision, they were wrong. It's happening! However, it's going to be a Sony Pictures Animation production, and it's going to be a CG-live action hybrid feature. Think The Smurfs. Now I'm a little worried.
The report states that Sony Animation has closed a deal to acquire rights to the classic 80s TV series to develop as a feature. Alf was always a family comedy, so I see where they're going. No writer or director is attached yet, only producers. Jordan Kerner, who produced The Smurfs movie, is developing along with show creators Tom Patchett, and puppeteer, Paul Fusco, who played ALF back on the original show and is "expected return as the voice of ALF for the movie." At least they've got the right people involved, but it's unfortunate Fusco, who was ALF's puppeteer and voice, isn't pushing for a puppet again - think Muppets.
The last update we covered from Paul Fusco was in May earlier this year. He expressed hope to see an ALF movie back then and it seems like his push worked. "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." I really hope that's the case, but I'm still quite worried about the CGI-hybrid decision. I'd much rather see almost an ALF revival/return (like The Muppets) than a Smurfs-like CGI take on him, but that's just me. Anyone else?