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Jeff Nichols says Alien Nation won't be a remake; based on a "bigger idea"

10.24.2016

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20th Century Fox has been developing a remake of ALIEN NATION for over a year now, but according to Jeff Nichols, who signed on to write and direct the project last month, it won't be a remake at all. Nichols chatted with ScreenCrush recently and said that the upcoming film "doesn’t really have anything to do with the original." Apparently the only connection between Nichols' flick and the original movie is the title, so why is it being called ALIEN NATION? Name recognition, bitches!

Fox called to ask me to do that. I said, ‘No.’ But I had been working on this bigger idea of my own and then I thought about it said, well you know, that’s a good title. And that title could go on to my bigger idea, then maybe I might actually get a chance to get it made. So in that sense I’m currently building it the same way I built all my other movies, meaning kind of from the ground up.

The 1988 film introduced the Newcomers, an alien race who landed on Earth and were forced to live among the distrustful human population. The film starred James Caan as an LA police detective who finds himself partnered with a Newcomer played by Mandy Patinkin in order to solve a homicide. With Nichols' upcoming film being ALIEN NATION in name only, I suspect we can wipe the original's synopsis from our minds. As a big fan of Nichols, I was looking forward to this film anyway, but knowing that it will be an original project rather than just another remake makes it all the better. Just throw Michael Shannon in there and you've got yourself a picture.

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Source: ScreenCrush

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6:58PM on 10/25/2016

So he's doing a 'Josh Trank' ?

I loved the film ans the TV Movies and TV series that followed were fairly descent.
So when I read this I think about Trank re-doing Chronicle and calling it Fantastic Four... FF Only by name !
I just hope I'm wrong !
I loved the film ans the TV Movies and TV series that followed were fairly descent.
So when I read this I think about Trank re-doing Chronicle and calling it Fantastic Four... FF Only by name !
I just hope I'm wrong !
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2:18AM on 10/25/2016

Fine by me.

Besides, the original was a little heavy handed on the social-commentary front, so if they're taking a new direction I just might be interested.
Besides, the original was a little heavy handed on the social-commentary front, so if they're taking a new direction I just might be interested.
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12:42AM on 10/25/2016

I'm fine with it.

If Jeff Nichols wants to make a movie about mayonnaise sandwiches and call it Star Wars, I'll watch it. He's earned that trust from me.
If Jeff Nichols wants to make a movie about mayonnaise sandwiches and call it Star Wars, I'll watch it. He's earned that trust from me.
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8:37PM on 10/24/2016

Dumb on Fox's part, smart on his

FOX: This movie will make money because it shares a title wit an obscure 80's sci-fi film. Nevermind that the brand is incredibly niche, that nobody's calling for a remake, or that this will have literally nothing to do with the source material.

Nichols: So... I can get a major studio to finance my next passion project just by using that title? Okay, uh sure I guess.
FOX: This movie will make money because it shares a title wit an obscure 80's sci-fi film. Nevermind that the brand is incredibly niche, that nobody's calling for a remake, or that this will have literally nothing to do with the source material.

Nichols: So... I can get a major studio to finance my next passion project just by using that title? Okay, uh sure I guess.
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8:05PM on 10/24/2016
Okay so basically the studio asked him to make Alien Nation and he's like yeah I'll make Alien Nation even though it's not the Alien Nation they're asking for.
Okay so basically the studio asked him to make Alien Nation and he's like yeah I'll make Alien Nation even though it's not the Alien Nation they're asking for.
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