Alien Nation Remake in the Works
July 14, 2009
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It seems the popular thing to do in the SciFi TV show world lately is to resurrect/remake older TV series. Sometimes it works out really well and you get a quality show like Battlestar Galactica. Other times you get the remade Knight Rider and Bionic Woman that was on NBC. About the only redeeming thing about those shows were KITT and Katee Sackhoff respectively. News is coming out now that there is a remake in the works for Alien Nation on the Syfy channel.
Quoting Geeks of Doom, Alien Nation first started as a movie starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin in 1988 that turned into a 1989 TV series on Fox. The show was canceled after one season, but has seen five new TV movies made since then, as well. The show is basically a social observation using a fictional setting and aliens known as “Newcomers” who were at first made to live away from humans, but now have been allowed to reside among us; of course this doesn’t stop racism from continuing. The original movie for which this new project is being based followed an L.A. cop (Caan) whose partner is killed while investigating the Newcomers. When the first alien police officer comes to his department, he volunteers to join up with him in order to sneakily try and investigate the death of his former partner.
Tim Minear a former writer of the X-Files and a producer of many products of the Whedonverse has developed an outline of the script and began writing the overall show arc. Below is a brief excerpt of his thoughts.
It’s genre mixed with procedural mixed with funny and mixed with big, giant scary. I love serialized stuff, but this is also a cop franchise. That ‘Starsky and Hutch’/’Lethal Weapon’ buddy cop comedy is absent from TV right now.
You can take (the original ‘Alien Nation’) a step forward and really do a show that encompasses the clash of civilizations, and the idea of a ghettoized minority. You can touch on racism, terrorism, assimilation, immigration. And there’s room for satire.
It really seems like there’s a big draw for alien dramas from the 80s/90s with the resurrection of both Alien Nation and V. I’m interested to see how things turn out.