August 9th, 2012
11:57 AM ET
Just as they did with "The Smurfs," Sony Pictures is aiming to bring another '80s classic to movie theaters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has sealed a deal to acquire the rights to the TV series "ALF," with the goal being to turn the comedy into a live-action/CGI film.
As fans will recall, ALF was the wisecracking alien from Melmac who moved in with the suburban Tanner family after a crash-landing. The series ran from 1986 to 1990, with the show's co-creator and puppeteer Paul Fusco serving as ALF's voice. THR notes that Fusco's expected to voice the furry alien creature in the film version as well.
The project doesn't have a writer or director attached to it, but "Smurfs" producer Jordan Kerner will produce the "ALF" film along with Fusco and "ALF's" other creator, Tom Patchett.
The team behind the "ALF" movie are no doubt hoping they'll have another "Smurfs"-sized success on their hands. That film grossed $563 million worldwide and spawned a sequel, which is scheduled to arrive July 31, 2013.
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