It's a new day, which means another franchise thought to be abandoned to the depths of time and memory is being resurrected by Hollywood. This time, it's the cult 1970s British TV series UFO and it looks like Fringe star Joshua Jackson is on board. Or so says Variety.
My experience with UFO is limited in that I have never seen it and have never heard of it, but that's why Variety gets paid the big bucks:
"Jackson will star as Paul Foster, a test pilot who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert org built under a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against a race of aliens who have been abducting humans and using the body parts..."
Okay, as a fan of secret organizations with needlessly overwrought acronyms for names, consider my interest piqued. I'm also into the whole "humans fighting evil aliens" thing, but don't tell anyone.
UFO is being directed by Matthew Gratzner, a first time director, but a serious visual effects veteran. And by serious visual effects veteran, I mean this man has worked on everything from Iron Man to The Fountain to Superman Returns. His IMDB page reads like a laundry list of the best, worst and most interesting genre efforts of the past decade or so. Interest remains piqued.
UFO is heading for a Spring 2010 start and Gratzner insists that "Character development is the most critical part of 'UFO,' and Joshua's terrific talent and range is exactly what I need to convey the inner conflict of the character of Paul Foster." After a quick perusal of YouTube, this seems like an odd thing to say about an adaptation of UFO:
So, UFO fans...is Joshua Jackson fit to fill Paul Foster's boots? Is this looking promising or is this a sacrilegious act against all that you know and love? Chime in. This is a production I'm definitely interested in keeping an eye on.