Sony Plotting Return Of ALF

Gordon Shumway lands in the 21st Century

With Ted currently rocking the box office (and the Empire office), Sony are looking to get into the cuddly-creature-behaving-badly action. They've just landed the the rights to 1980s sit-com phenomenon ALF, for a CGI / live action extravaganza of some description.

ALF, for those under 25, stands for Alien Life Form. His show was a sort of Harry And The Hendersons set-up* about a furry (puppet) space creature, crash-landing on Earth and holing up with the Tanner family in suburbia. A wisecracking mischief-maker with a disturbing appetite for cats, he bliundered through 102 episodes, although some of the more politically incorrect aspects like his beer-chugging were quickly toned down. And it turned out his name was actually Gordon.

His new incarnation is being shepherded through development by Jordan Kerner, which probably suggests that this ALF will be more family-friendly than Ted-like. That's because Kerner was responsible for the recent CGI Smurfs adventures (to the tune of about half a billion dollars in ticket revenue), and his previous credits include Inspector Gadget, The Mighty Ducks and Charlotte's Web.

There's no writer or director attached yet, but the show's creator Tom Patchett is involved as a producer. Original puppeteer and voice actor Paul Fusco is also on board, so there should at least be some off-colour material in the outtakes...

*Harry And The Henderson may also confuse those who don't remember the '80s. It was a story about a family who adopted Bigfoot, basically. There were a lot of shows about weird creatures in ordinary families in those days.