If you spent any kind of time watching TV in the 1980s, then you're no doubt familiar with the TV show ALF, about an alien life form (ALF) that crash lands in the garage of a suburban family. From there the show chronicled the day-to-day life of a seemingly normal family and their new housemate, a funny little furry alien who asks lots of questions, gets into trouble and brings equal amounts joy and frustration to everyone's lives. The pop-culture phenomenon that was ALF (we're talking cartoons, guest appearances, merchandise, a talk show) came to a halt once the '80s were over, but ALF creator (puppeteer and voice) Paul Fusco is looking to change that, telling THR that next month he will be pitching an ALF feature film to a Hollywood studio.
“I think the timing is right. That’s a big important thing, timing,” he tells THR. “There have been movies out there of characters that I didn’t think were on the same parallel as ALF that got movies made, so I think it’s time. I think it could be a home run on a lot of levels.”
Fusco may be right, especially with the recent boom of '80s-related movie adaptations, like The Smurfs and 21 Jump Street, not to mention the fact that ALF is now available on Hulu and HubTV (beginning June 4th). So is now the right time for an ALF comeback, and will moviegoers welcome an alien that's not angry and/or out to blow up New York City or Los Angeles? A somewhat similar (but more foul-mouthed) approach was attempted with the recent Paul, but that landed with a thud. Perhaps ALF's built-in brand could help this project become a success?
Says Fusco, "I think we would approach it in a fresh way. I don’t think we would duplicate the TV show, but I think we would maybe put it in a storyline where we would explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family and let the character speak for himself.”
What say you?
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