Feature based on Anderson's UFO has director

The new feature based on Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's 1970 TV show UFO, about a covert operation fighting aliens who harvest humans for organ transplants, has been assigned to first-time director Matthew Gratzner, Variety reports. Gratzner is primarily known for his special effects work on movies such as Godzilla, Hancock, and Iron Man.

The TV show was the first fully adult program created by the Andersons, who up until that point had been making more kid-friendly fare such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray and Fireball XL5 filmed in their Supermarionation technique of using advanced and detailed puppets. UFO featured Ed Bishop, the voice of Captain Blue on Captain Scarlet, in the iconic role of Commander Ed Straker, the head of S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), which operated from behind the not-very-inconspicuous cover of a movie studio.

No word yet on casting, or if the show will preserve the highly memorable purple wigs sported by a number of female cast members. The last Gerry and Sylvia Anderson show to make the transition to the big screen, Thunderbirds, directed by Jonathan Frakes, was a critical and financial flop.

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