Fox Plans Remake of 80s Sci-Fi 'Alien Nation' from 'Iron Man' Writers
There's another remake of an 80s sci-fi property on the way to the big screen. THR reports the Alien Nation, the film from Aliens and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, will get the remake treatment from 20th Century Fox. As of now, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote the first film in the Iron Man franchise, launching Marvel Studios cinematic universe, will write the film, but there's no director or producer on board just yet. The original film took place in the near future at a time when humans and a race of aliens are forced to co-exist, though people of Earth treat the visitors like second class citizens.
The aliens are segregated and not given the same rights as people. But the story focuses on the first alien police officer (Mandy Patinkin) who is paired with an insensitive partner (James Caan) who is not keen on working with his species. But of course, a case brings them together to share mutual respect and even friendship. The 1988 film also spawned a TV series spin-off that lasted a single season and also several made-for-TV movies. The hope is to reimagine the film in the same vein as the new Planet of the Apes franchise, and begin with how and why the aliens came to Earth. This could be cool, but there's a part of me that would like to see this played out as a straight-up comedy. Anyone interested?