'ALF' movie in the works
August 9th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

'ALF' movie in the works

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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    December 5, 2013 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    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.

    October 21, 2013 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    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.

    August 16, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Em

    Alf was hilarious! I hope they get the original voice for Alf or it won't be the same.

    August 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nobody cares who wrote it and it was kinda funny

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    August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |


    August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |


    The sodomy of my childhood is complete.

    August 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    August 13, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • duh

      i didnt write the sodomy comment, but i know what he means- transformers, gi joe, alf.... if they make a "My Secret Idenity" movie i'ma whup @$$... i guess they couldn't, though- the kid flys with aerosol spray cans, non eco friendly

      August 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. where's dude?

    where's the one who makes up being a doctor and a reporter? where's that one..we got it.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. where's rick forman now?

    there as a special on troll abuse last night..basically its people who get on a computer and drive non troll nuthts...be aware these trolls hack into computers and proudly identify who they are (DAN)...actually admitted to it. we have that in the file.

    a troll may pretend to flirt with you to set you up with the girlfriend...gee that hasn't been figured yet(yawn)

    August 13, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. honker

    no drama, just grit


    August 13, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Beeker

    They should make it a serious gritty drama.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. mikrik13

    The character Howard Wolowitz recently did a bit on "The Big Bang Theory" about ALF.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ethan

    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

    August 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Alfie

    alf seems like a great alien/person. the melmac situation i have to admit it was hysterical.

    August 12, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. Michael Peter Caliazzo

    ALF is really a wonderful fun person.

    August 12, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  18. ¿?

    The sodomy of my childhood is complete.

    August 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. AG

    It's funny the other day the HUB was giving ALF and I sat there to watch it and remembered how funny it was.

    August 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jennifer

    I'd be more interested in seeing as a puppet like I remember. Why mess with a good thing?

    August 11, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  21. KRIS

    Alf was my best friend when i was younger i miss him so much

    August 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Pro-ALF

    Alf WAS cool so let the show go (deeper) into the books of history without being ruined.

    August 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. YYZ

    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.

    August 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Meh

    dumb idea from writers who call themselves writers when all they do is copy someone else's ideas

    August 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. SATS

    i'm back at my desk...text in who thanks.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  26. cole

    i hear she's in this mix like the last conspire.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. We are busy...

    a conf call is a meeting-how would know your busy dazzling. no favor out go good bye...back to checking blogs once a week. feel good about your self as a human being.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

    Down in Georgia we say "ummm, no thanks!" to this idea.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  29. all this writing

    you probably all kno2 each other in an effort to follow your continued bitterness towards me.

    August 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. this should be hysterical


    August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  31. Biggie

    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?

    August 10, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • i remember

      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?

      August 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ping


    August 10, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  33. pmn

    It should be funny!

    August 10, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  34. Nose

    big nose huh?

    August 10, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  35. casaworm

    i love alf but he should really leave that family and head directly to melmac go where he came from

    August 10, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • james

      you said alf should go back to melmac but he cant cuas melmac got destroyed by war

      August 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Worm

    2pm right?

    August 10, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jack

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    August 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Alf

    i feel so sorry for him sometimes, i truly do.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. TJ

    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.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. between 2 and 3


    August 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  41. the bug is back

    run a computer check.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. cf

    Count me in! I loved that show as a kid!

    August 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. T

    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 ?
    LOL !!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Pre moistened

    STOP THE PRESSES. An Alf movie? Say it isn't so.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      you said it isint true alf is amovie they made a movie about him called project alf

      August 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    I really hate this new millenium! It's been garbage for 12 years straight!
    And now more garbage is slated for 2013!


    August 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Joanie

    alf? a face only a mother could love lol

    August 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Boo


    August 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jeff

    I wish it would be in 3D. Alf is funny and nice.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  49. rjl

    There already was an ALF movie from 1996 that was a good successor to the TV show. Leave it as it is.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Observer

    Oh for the love of God and all that is holy, please no!

    August 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Pliny

    Gordon Schumway

    August 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jaxim

    Hollywood ruined the Smurfs, Transformers, GI Joe and other 80s TV shows!
    Don't let them ruin ALF!

    August 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      hes right hollywood has ruind allot of 80s moives pleas dont ruin alf

      August 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Clete

    Doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Movie remakes of Television shows have seldom been successful.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tanya

    I would love that! He has always been one of my favorites.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Frau Bella

    God Bless the innovation of American creativity and originality!

    August 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  56. JellyBean

    Oh dear god, please say it isn't so.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jeff

    Alf is cooooool !

    August 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

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