ALF to return?

ALF to return?

Some of you may recall the sitcom ‘ALF’, that ran from 1986 to 1990 about the character of Gordon Shumway, an alien from the planet Melmac whom crash landed on earth, in the garage of the Tanner family to be precise. The character went on to appear in an animated series, a comic book series, a TV movie, and a very brief talk show. Simpson fans might also recall the reference to ALF made by Milhouse regarding ALF’s new life in tazos.

How is this relevant to anything? Well ALF may indeed be making another return to the entertainment industry with a new film being in the works. While no director or cast announcements have been made, it is being reported that Sony Pictures Animation are developing a new film that will be live action with a CG version of the central character.

Original show creator Paul Fusco along with producer Tom Patchett are involved along with producer Jordan Kerner who has been attached to the recent relaunch of the Smurfs property as a big film franchise which is already working towards its third instalment.

The likely return of ALF to the big screen is a huge reminder of the value placed by film studios on projects with existing audiences to tap into.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.