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?
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
CG Alf? #fail
RobOhh on Aug 8, 2012
Wow, based on two letters, it is a fail? You must be new to life.
Zanpher on Aug 8, 2012
Have you seen The Smurfs? You must be new to cinema.
RobOhh on Aug 8, 2012
You must not have seen Avatar ... Nice try.
Zanpher on Aug 8, 2012
Avatar wasn't filmed by Sony. Sony Imageworks (Smurfs, Green Lantern, and all that crap) is not ILM.
Manuel on Aug 9, 2012
ILM is not Weta Digital, Weta Digital did at least 80% of the vfx on Avatar. ILM & Framestore the rest and at the end of post production.
C on Aug 9, 2012
If made, it will make at least one person happy. Isnt that what hollywoods about? Enriching lives? I tried with a serious face, but...
mooreworthy on Aug 8, 2012
Could be interesting. But I'm not sure how well the CGI will do because it would be like trying to GCI the Muppets.
The Truth on Aug 8, 2012
Without the fuzzy puppet, it's not Alf. It's just another CGI childhood raping.
Scotty97 on Aug 8, 2012
No puppet? No thanks.
grimjob on Aug 8, 2012
When they use the best cgi it will maybe work but i am worried to!
Avi Smulders on Aug 8, 2012
it doesn't matter what us 80's children say. They're going CGI to introduce ALF to a new generation of kids so that sequels can find an audience.
Mithun Divakaran on Aug 9, 2012
It smells to me like the live action Garfield movie :S (granted, Garfield was a cartoon, not a puppet, but still I'm sceptic the studio will transfer Alf's quirky and mischievous personality or if they'll just do a CGI marionette that acts on the "philosophy" of YOLO and SWAG).
alydelle on Aug 9, 2012
Why does Firstshowing even bother to cover this?
David Banner on Aug 9, 2012
Because it's about a film...
Matt Peloquin on Aug 9, 2012
I'm not sure why the prospect of a CGI ALF is met with such fear. The CGI Yoda used in the prequels is far better than the original puppet used in TPM, which it needed to be for Yoda tin the fight scenes in AoTC and RotS.
Steven on Aug 9, 2012
D on Aug 9, 2012
so many awesome and original 80's shows getting "remixed". i grew up watching those shows and enjoyed them immensely...and now i watch some of these remakes as they bomb for this generation....and i just laugh. I'm glad i had an awesome childhood filled with original shows. lolz
Jake Kash on Aug 9, 2012
Just don't make it a musical and use really good animation so Alf looks fuzzy and real. If there has to be singing, keep it to a minimum and have a good story line, like what happens when Alf is captured (the last season of Alf) and how he escapes.
Em on Aug 15, 2012
CGI?? god no.
Daniel on Dec 12, 2012
I wonder if it will be a sequel to 'Project A.L.F.'
Melmacian on Mar 6, 2013
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