ALF's creator: Why a reboot has to happen (and why we should care)

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

It's been a long time since the smart-aleck, cat-eating puppet alien ALF was a relevant cultural force. But for a brief time in the1980s, he was everywhere. His creator Paul Fusco remembers those days fondly, and has a plan to bring them back.

ALF was a hit science fiction sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1990 on NBC, focused around a sassy little fuzzy alien who crash-landed on Earth and lived in a family's garage.

The sarcastic little guy was edgy for his time, though Fusco said he always wanted to push the limits a little more than he was allowed.

"If you remember, toward the first season and second season, ALF used to drink, he was a party animal. He drank beer and everything, and once the kids and families started watching it, they said 'ALF's not really a great role model if he's drinking beer, maybe you should pull that back a little bit,'" Fusco told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

Considering the reboot-crazy world we live in, Fusco thinks 2012 is the perfect year to bring ALF to the big screen.

"I think the timing is right. That's a big important thing, timing," he said, noting he's currently in the process of pitching film studios. "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."

Sound off: Do you think the world needs more ALF?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)