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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It's been a little over a year since it was announced by Sony that ALF (classic '80s TV series) would be getting motion picture treatment. I wasn't old enough to remember ALF's original run on NBC from 1986-1990, but do remember syndicated re-runs during the early '90s, and have collected all 4 seasons of the show on DVD. ALF was the type of show that spoke to me.
I also do pray and hope that fans get to see the puppet version of ALF, and not just a CGI-hybrid animation. And also pray and hope that ALF movie producers and directors could and might be getting close to casting the roles of Willie, Kate, Lynn, and Brian Tanner, and additional characters... and if any of the former TV show cast (Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory, Anne Meara, Liz Sheridan, etc.) get the invite to make a cameo appearance in the new ALF movie.
I love ALF, and am looking forward to its theatrical release. As for the movie's plot... it would remain to be seen if fans will get to see the story about his life on Melmac, before his journey to Earth... and his time with the Tanner family. If the first movie does well, and a second movie gets the green-light... I could see a possible second movie with ALF being captured by Alien Task Force... and ALF escaping, then reuniting with the Tanner's, and reuniting with his Melmacian family. I hope that Paul Fusco and the other movie staff give fans something respectful and meaningful to the legacy and integrity of this classic '80s show.
Alf was hilarious! I hope they get the original voice for Alf or it won't be the same.
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no drama, just grit
They should make it a serious gritty drama.
The character Howard Wolowitz recently did a bit on "The Big Bang Theory" about ALF.
As long as Alf does not go innaprorpratie, I'll be glad. It's sad that he'll be CGI. If they wanted to make him more real, they could use the puppet and then use CGI to enhance mouth, eye, leg, etc. movement, much like Adywan is doing with yoda in Empire Strikes Back: Revisited
alf seems like a great alien/person. the melmac situation i have to admit it was hysterical.
ALF is really a wonderful fun person.
It's funny the other day the HUB was giving ALF and I sat there to watch it and remembered how funny it was.
I'd be more interested in seeing as a puppet like I remember. Why mess with a good thing?
Alf was my best friend when i was younger i miss him so much
Alf WAS cool so let the show go (deeper) into the books of history without being ruined.
I wish they would make a movie about a guy who dresses up in a black outfit and fights crime with really awesome toys he has made because he's a billionaire or maybe a guy who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and fights crime using his dna-skewed abilities like shooting webs out of his arms....yeah that would be a cool idea.
dumb idea from writers who call themselves writers when all they do is copy someone else's ideas
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Down in Georgia we say "ummm, no thanks!" to this idea.
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could be awesome, could be awful. at least it will introduce the kids of today to ALF. Anyone remember the ALF animated series on saturday mornings?
I watched the whole tv series when I was a kid, but having seen an episode as an adult, I was shocked by how unfunny it was! Now, I recall the animated series actually being really cool. Although, I won't be tracking it down online lest my positive memories of that be ruined as well. I still do have hope that this movie could be funny, but isn't the only chance it has to be funny rooted in it being a self-deprecating parody of itself?
It should be funny!
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i love alf but he should really leave that family and head directly to melmac go where he came from
you said alf should go back to melmac but he cant cuas melmac got destroyed by war
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i feel so sorry for him sometimes, i truly do.
I loved ALF esp. when he went after the cat. Thank goodness they got the same guy to do the voice; otherwise, it wouldn't work.
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Count me in! I loved that show as a kid!
Wow, Hollywood is realllllyy running out of ideas !
ALF ? What's the plotline ? Take the human family back to Melmac and have them live under his roof ?
STOP THE PRESSES. An Alf movie? Say it isn't so.
you said it isint true alf is amovie they made a movie about him called project alf
I really hate this new millenium! It's been garbage for 12 years straight!
And now more garbage is slated for 2013!
alf? a face only a mother could love lol
I wish it would be in 3D. Alf is funny and nice.
There already was an ALF movie from 1996 that was a good successor to the TV show. Leave it as it is.
Oh for the love of God and all that is holy, please no!
Hollywood ruined the Smurfs, Transformers, GI Joe and other 80s TV shows!
Don't let them ruin ALF!
hes right hollywood has ruind allot of 80s moives pleas dont ruin alf
Doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Movie remakes of Television shows have seldom been successful.
I would love that! He has always been one of my favorites.
God Bless the innovation of American creativity and originality!
Oh dear god, please say it isn't so.
Alf is cooooool !
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