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Sony Making ‘ALF’ Movie As Live Action-CGI Hybrid; Paul Fusco Will Return To Voice The Furry E.T.

Sony Making 'ALF' Movie As Live Action-CGI Hybrid; Paul Fusco Will Return To Voice The Furry E.T.

Hmmm, let’s see. Movie about sarcastic, wise-cracking, potty-mouthed inanimate object (“Ted“) does unexpected gangbusters at the box-office ($282 million worldwide and growing). Rival studio chief frowns while looking at box-office receipts, looks at his drones, points to a poster and says, “Why don’t we have that?” “How do I get me one of those?”

Scolded and shamed, studio execs run back to their desks, get their assistants on the line, ask for a cappuccino and a cross-reference on every script in the database that includes filthy, wiseacre, side-kick figures… Well, you can see where this one is going, right?

Sony Pictures Animation have closed a deal to acquire the rights to the 1980s TV sitcom, “ALF.” Gee, why have they scooped up rights now? Studios are, if anything, extremely predictable. “Smurfs” producer Jordan Kerner has boarded the project and he’s going to develop the property as a CG-live action hybrid feature (hmm, a little bit like a certain Seth MacFarlane comedy you may have heard about). Granted, the “Smurfs” films have also raked in the gold at the box-office ($563 million worldwide for the first iteration and with “The Smurfs 2 & 3” already being planned for summer 2013 and 2015 releases, respectively) so we imagine the pitch was something like: “It’s ‘The Smurfs’ meets ‘Ted’ only PG-13 so it can reach the four quadrants! We’ll get the older nostalgic crowd who already know the brand, the slightly younger borrowed-nostalgic crowd and we won’t make it too filthy so more audiences then ‘Ted’ can see it!”

That of course ended with a high five and a green light five minutes later.

Better yet for fans of the original series, “ALF” voice actor Paul Fusco will return to voice the furry and semi-friendly extraterrestrial. In case you’re living under a rock “ALF” (Alien life form), created by Paul Fusco, was an American science fiction sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990. The titular character, Gordon Shumway, was a loveable, but ornery alien who crash landed in the garage of a suburban family named the Tanners. Despite ALFs repeated attempts to eat their cat, Willie Tanner (Max Wright), his family adopted the alien as one of their own. ALF was portrayed by a live-hand puppet which was operated primarily by Fusco. Clearly with the technology advances we have today, CG-live action hybrids are the way to go. [THR]

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Svet Di-Nahum

It is a a great idea to keep ALF alive. It was one of the very few excellent and smart sitcoms of our time. I wish Sony every success with their new project! Svet Di-Nahum, Author, RAPTUS, RAPTUS is the next super project in the industry.


this is Sony Pictures Animation – it won't be PG13 and i pretty much guarantee the decision had nothing to do with TED. It's just that it's another, unexploited property with built in pre-awareness. Which is actually even more depressing.


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. Keep ALF as a puppet. The Muppets weren't CGI'd to death. Fuck's sake. (If it weren't for the CGI, I'd actually be excited about this).


It’s coming up on 4 years since the ALF movie was announced. I’m still waiting for the ALF movie to debut in movie theaters… unless certain details (screenplay, cast, etc.) is still being worked out. As far as CGI is concerned, that’d be if the Melmac story (before ALF’s journey to Earth) is included, to a certain extent… otherwise, I too would nostly prefer the puppet version. Hopefully the Tanner family will appear in the ALF movie. My dream cast for human characters: Ben Stiller (son of ALF star Anne Meara) as Willie, Monica Potter as Kate, maybe Anjelica Huston as Dorothy (Kate’s mother), maybe Joaquin Phoenix as Neil (Willie’s brother), kind of undecided on the roles of Trevor & Raquel (Tanner’s neighbors) at the moment, and newcomers casted for the roles of Lynn, Brian, and Jake. It’s a thought. Hopefully this movie will be in theaters by late 2016 or 2017, and ALF continuing to make ’em laugh, and just keeping it real.

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