An "Alien Nation" Remake Is in the Works from the Director of "Midnight Special"

Friday, 09 September 2016 - 12:39PM
Midnight Special
Friday, 09 September 2016 - 12:39PM
An "Alien Nation" Remake Is in the Works from the Director of "Midnight Special"
The movie Alien Nation has become a cult hit since its 1988 release, and spawned a TV show with an even more passionate following. Now, the franchise is getting a remake from none other than Jeff Nichols, best known to the geek community for directing Midnight Special earlier this year.

Alien Nation followed a human policeman, played James Caan, who teams up with an alien, played by Homeland's Mandy Patinkin, who is the first extraterrestrial detective. The movie, and especially the TV series, used this buddy-cop dynamic to explore themes of racism in America, which are just as relevant in today's landscape.

Jeff Nichols may be an ideal person to remake this franchise, since his films are known for being thoughtful, character-driven, and, in the case of Midnight Special, genre fan-friendly. Aside from his recent foray into sci-fi, he is also known for the Matthew McConaughey indie Mud and the Michael Shannon apocalyptic drama Take Shelter.

Too often, remakes feel perfunctory or unnecessary, but this one we can actually get behind. After all, the movie was decent, but didn't utilize the premise to its full potential, and the TV series was great, but cancelled way too soon. We would prefer to see another TV series in order to really explore the racism themes, but we'll take what we can get.
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