Americans are fascinated with aliens in all sorts of ways, but one of the most specific fascinations is alien abduction, the idea that creatures from beyond our solar system could creep in undetected, take us to their spacecraft, and...do things. To this day, we debate whether such a thing is possible, and if it is, how often it actually could take place, and as usual, pop culture's around to fan the flame.
Now, pop culture and real accounts of alien abduction are colliding in Captured, a new film that purports to tell the story of the first reported alien abudiction in America. Variety reports that husband-and-wife team Bryce and Jackie Zabel will produce the film alongside Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials production company Gotham/Principal, with Bryce Zabel scripting the film based on the 2007 book Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction.
Betty and Barney Hill were a couple from Portsmouth, New Hampshire who claimed to have been abducted by aliens on September 19, 1961. The couple claimed the aliens experimented on them and then returned them to Earth, and that they lost memories due to the event which were later recovered through hypnosis.
According to Jackie Zabel, the film will also explore themes of racial segregation and Cold War paranoia, and how those tied into the Hills' case.
“They were an interracial couple in a country that still had segregation laws, and they lived in a city that was next door to a bomber base bristling with nuclear weapons,” she said. “What they knew and why they were targeted will make for a phenomenal film.”
The film doesn't have a release date yet, but if it's properly executed, Captured could be fascinating.