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The writers of Iron Man could be bringing us a remake of Alien Nation

03.25.2015
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The remake train keeps chugging along (why are you saying that like it’s something surprising Kevin?) and the latest film to climb aboard could be the 1988 sci-fi/buddy cop film ALIEN NATION. THR just reported that Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, two of the four credited screenwriters on IRON MAN, have begun working on an ALIEN NATION script for Twentieth Century Fox.

The original ALIEN NATION introduced the Newcomers, an alien race who landed on Earth and were forced to live amongst 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.  ALIEN NATION was successful enough that it spawned a TV series as well as five TV movies afterwards. Beyond being aware of the films existence and its general premise, I have no idea what the world of ALIEN NATION is all about or if it's prime for remaking. Did my childhood miss out on something great?

Not a lot is known about the plot at this point, other than the first film will begin by explaining how and why the aliens came to Earth. That's right, there could be more than one as Fox is hoping that the film will follow in the footsteps of its own RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, another sci-fi re-imagining, and become a successful franchise.

ALIEN NATION fans, what do you think of this news?

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2:15PM on 03/26/2015
This could be great as the premise was cool and the full potential was not reached the first time round. Remake away!
This could be great as the premise was cool and the full potential was not reached the first time round. Remake away!
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11:27AM on 03/26/2015
This could actually be really good. I've only watched the movie once or twice but I'm pretty familiar with the TV show and those plots would make for a great movie franchise. I can't really remember how the movie played out, but I remember the TV show went from being a procedural cop drama to basically the two cops at the focal point fighting off an impending invasion from the aliens who drove the Newcomers from their original home planet. That could make for a great franchise.
This could actually be really good. I've only watched the movie once or twice but I'm pretty familiar with the TV show and those plots would make for a great movie franchise. I can't really remember how the movie played out, but I remember the TV show went from being a procedural cop drama to basically the two cops at the focal point fighting off an impending invasion from the aliens who drove the Newcomers from their original home planet. That could make for a great franchise.
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10:41AM on 03/26/2015
I enjoyed the one season we got out of the TV series. I don't think the TV movie (Dark Horizon, I think) that followed was sufficient pay off for the cliff-hanger we were left with though. Still, the series explored some interesting places a reboot could go to for ideas. Lets not forget that District 9's basic premise was exactly the same as Alien Nation and if you have people wondering where the prawns came from and what happens next, there's no reason the same can't be said of the
I enjoyed the one season we got out of the TV series. I don't think the TV movie (Dark Horizon, I think) that followed was sufficient pay off for the cliff-hanger we were left with though. Still, the series explored some interesting places a reboot could go to for ideas. Lets not forget that District 9's basic premise was exactly the same as Alien Nation and if you have people wondering where the prawns came from and what happens next, there's no reason the same can't be said of the newcomers.
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9:29AM on 03/26/2015

Of All The Potential Remakes...

This has me intrigued. I liked the original movie and surprisingly to me, loved the series. The premise hadn't been wholly explored when the series was cancelled, so I'm up for this.
This has me intrigued. I liked the original movie and surprisingly to me, loved the series. The premise hadn't been wholly explored when the series was cancelled, so I'm up for this.
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4:12AM on 03/26/2015
I haven't seen Alien Nation in maybe 20 years, but I dug it. Wouldn't mind seeing what they do with it.

I haven't seen Alien Nation in maybe 20 years, but I dug it. Wouldn't mind seeing what they do with it.

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11:16PM on 03/25/2015
I liked the series when it came out but today I just can't help noticing that (if memory serves) the aliens are all played by white people.
I liked the series when it came out but today I just can't help noticing that (if memory serves) the aliens are all played by white people.
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12:09PM on 03/26/2015
Was this comment supposed to have a point?
Was this comment supposed to have a point?
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10:29PM on 03/25/2015
Great show.
Great show.
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9:14PM on 03/25/2015

As cool as this is

can I get a Babylon 5 Remake/Reboot?
can I get a Babylon 5 Remake/Reboot?
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