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Alien attack film from ITV series

21 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Veteran producer Robert Evans has signed on to produce a film based on 1970s ITV series UFO, the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson effort about a covert military group set up to try to fend off hostile aliens.

The live-action series ran for three TV seasons and was set in the (then) near-future of 1980, when aliens had started showing up on Earth and harvesting human bodies for organs. The main focus of resistance to them was by the organisation SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation - can't help thinking they invented the name first and then made up words to fit an acronym). Unusually, SHADO is based not in a remote mountain layer / space station but under a Hollywood studio, with its Commander Ed Straker also passing himself off as the studio chief.

This movie will be set in 2020 - once again the near-future - and will, it is hoped, prove the start of a franchise. Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek are writing the script for what could be an interesting film: unlike Anderson's marionette shows, Thunderbirds and the like, UFO dealt with adult topics like adultery and drug use as well as the aliens and so on. At the very least, the prospect of Hollywood types fighting aliens is amusing us massively.


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Ayshea Brough, I hardly knew ye...
As a kid I absolutely loved UFO, it was the first thing I ever saw on a colour television. Wow, the purple wigs, the green liquid in the aliens helmets that obscured their faces, the silver jumpsuits and Peter Gordeno's string vest. The fact that logic took a backseat never worried me back then - like the curious idea of the moonbase interceptors only having one massive missile to fire, or why the girls had purple hair or, indeed, why Peter Gordeno was always wearing a string vest? The 70's were More

Posted by andyoliver99 at 19:10 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

KILL STRAKER!!!!
Or rather.......kill the hollywood morons who screw this one up! GodDAMN but Thunderbirds was crap!!!! Jonathan Frakes should stick to directing Star Trek.... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 18:57 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

Check it.........
Check it out on youtube Chewey. Great series from the Andersons-no strings attached!!! More

Posted by dididave at 16:29 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

Check it.........
Check it out on youtube Chewey. Great series from the Andersons-no strings attached!!! More

Posted by dididave at 16:15 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

You never know
There is no way to know how many gems of cinema are out there to enjoy, and even though I have never heard of the series, I am intrigued. Worth a look. Love the alien movies, no doubt, but it better be good enough to stand alone among the recent blockbusters, or fade into the land of Wesley Snipes and Rutger Hauers. More

Posted by chewynewyork at 15:44 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

Great......but
Has potential. Let's hope they don't f*ck it up like like Frakes did with my other childhood favourite, Thunderbirds. More

Posted by zpider242 at 13:34 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

Hair,,,,,,,
Keep Commander Strakers hair style! Also let's hope SHADO space fighters have more than one shot!!! More

Posted by dididave at 11:53 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

Kid Notorious
Keep the theme tune and the chicks in puple wigs and silver suits. More

Posted by Taz69 at 11:03 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post


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