In 1988, 20th Century Fox released an ambitious sci-fi film called Alien Nation. It was produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and written by Rockne S. O'Bannon (Farscape). Nearly 30 years later, Fox has taken the first steps to producing a remake.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired two writers to pen the script for the new film: Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who are best known for working on the first Iron Man. The original film starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin and centered on a futuristic society where a race of aliens live alongside humans. The groups are separate but definitely not equal. The aliens, called Newcomers, are mostly segregated and don't have the same rights as people. Patinkin portrayed an alien police officer, whose partnered with Caan on the force.
Alien Nation wasn't a massive hit, but it made enough money to warrant a TV spinoff and several made-for-TV movies. Fox is hoping the remake will spawn a new franchise that could become just as successful as its Planet of the Apes series. The first film will be an origin story that explains how and why the aliens arrived.
Are you interested in a new Alien Nation?