Alien Nation remake in the works with Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols

The remake/reboot trend is showing no signs of slowing down, with Alien Nation being the latest 1980s movie Hollywood is looking to put a (fresh?) new spin on.

According to Deadline, director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special, Loving) is set to pen and direct a new version of Alien Nation for 20th Century Fox, with Nichols’ Loving producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sara Greene also on board as producers.

The 1988 sci-fi film  — which tackled the issue of racism and is still pretty relevant today — was helmed by Graham Baker and starred James Caan as a racist cop forced to work with a new partner who's actually a member of an alien race, played by Mandy Patinkin. Those aliens, called Newcomers, arrived on Earth in a near future (1991) when a ship carrying over 300,000 enslaved aliens crashed, with them being assimilated in Los Angeles after years in quarantine.

The movie was even adapted as a TV series the following year, with Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint in the roles played by Caan and Patinkin respectively. The show only lasted one season (1989-1990).

Are you guys interested in a remake of Alien Nation? If so, do you believe Jeff Nichols is the right man for the job?


(via Deadline)

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