Friday, August 10, 2012

'Alf' movie really happening

Once just the sad, starry-eyed dream of the only man whose ALF conversations extend beyond "Remember ALF?", a feature film about Melmac's first cat-eating sitcom star is now an actual thing, thanks to Sony and a producer of The Smurfs.

THR reports Sony Pictures Animation has closed a deal for the rights to ALF and has attached frequent kiddie movie producer Jordan Kerner to oversee the project with creators Tom Patchett and puppeteer Paul Fusco.

Fusco--who in May claimed he had some pitch meetings set up, which at the time sounded delusional paired with the claim "the timing is right ... I think it could be a homerun on a lot of levels"--is expected to reprise his role as the voice of ALF's hilarious "I kill me" utterances, but it's unlikely he'll be returning his forearm to alien Gordon Shumway's innards. As the participation of Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs producer implies, the film is said to be the usual hybrid of furry CG companion and live-action actors--like Ted, but probably with marginally more-veiled sexual impulses.

Assuming the pitched storyline is the same one Fusco was explaining earlier in the summer, the plot will likely "explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family," so the sitcom's familiar Tanner family is not likely to return. Particularly because of this:


Johnny Sweatpants said...

You may not know this about me but I do a spot on Willie Tanner impression.

Octopunk said...

I did know that about you but I don't know who that is.

I keep thinking of that Ben Stiller movie Permanent Midnight, which based on the life of Alf writer Jerry Stahl. There's a scene in which he's having a bad hallucination that the alien from the series (changed to Mr. Chompers for the movie) is outside the bathroom door demanding drugs. "C'mon Jerry! Gimme a taste!"