Just when you thought Stretch Armstrong was a bad enough blast from the past, and with Hollywood seemingly stuck for new ideas recently, it looks like another long-buried ghost from our childhoods is on its way back. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s ALF – in movie form! Ermmm… hide your cats?
So, an ALF movie – really? At least, that’s what will happen if Sony Pictures Animation has their way; they’ve already acquired the rights to ALF, the sci-fi ‘80s sitcom which followed the Tanner family and the Alien Life Form (ALF) that crash-landed on their property, and went on to take up residence in their home.
According to CinemaBlend, Sony is aiming to develop the property into a hybrid CG/live action feature. Series creator Paul Fusco and producer Tom Patchett are said to be on board to produce the project, along with Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs).
Can a movie properly update the concept and character of ALF? Is an ALF movie a good idea in the first place? That still remains to be seen, but the potential is there; especially in the wake of Ted – although, if the film is modeled after the sitcom, it’d probably be a lot more family-friendly than the drinking, swearing fuzzy bear.
THR says Fusco is expected to return to provide the voice for the title character, so that seems another sign that this movie will be going ahead, despite how ridiculous the concept is… Can’t we just have something new?
Sure, some of you might be feeling nostalgic right now, but do we really want this particular childhood character dug up from his final resting place, brought ‘up-to-date’ with the times, dragged through an animation suite, and placed before you in a theater? Just think about it for a minute. When he was back in Pog form, it was okay, but a whole movie? Could this really turn out well?
What do you think of an ALF movie – are we being too harsh?