A film adaptation based on the book “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction” is in development by the producers of the upcoming “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” – Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel of Stellar Productions.
Written by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden, the book gives readers an insider’s look at Barney and Betty Hill, an interracial couple who claimed that they were abducted by extraterrestrials in rural New Hampshire, on September 19, 1961 through September 20, 1961. It was the first widely publicized report of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book “The Interrupted Journey,” and the 1975 television movie “The UFO Incident.” In that telepic, the couple was portrayed by James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.
They couple also appeared in an episode of “Dark Skies,” the late 1990s NBC TV series (that would eventually move to Syfy), a UFO conspiracy theory–based series, and were played by Basil Wallace and Lee Garlington.
“Captured!” looks closely at the alien abduction, previously unpublished information about the lives of the Hills before and after Barney’s death in 1969, their status as celebrities, Betty’s experiences as a UFO investigator, and other activities before her death in 2004. In addition, co-author and physicist Stanton T. Friedman, the original investigator of the Roswell Incident, reviews and refutes the arguments of those who have attacked the Hill case, including the star map Betty Hill saw inside the craft and later recreated.
The film adaptation, still in its early stages, will be scripted by Bryce Zabel – an adjunct professor at the USC’s film school teaching two advanced writing courses.