In what can only be considered the latest evidence that the end times are here, Sony Pictures Animation has just announced that they are developing a motion picture adaptation of "ALF," a sitcom about a furry, cat-eating alien living with an otherwise normal suburban family. The added information that the film will be produced by Tom Patchett and puppeteer Paul Fusco, who created the original series, is somewhat sullied by the fact that ALF will also be produced by Jordan Kerner, who was still directly responsible for that Smurfs movie we had to endure last year (even though he also brought forth such well-remembered family films as The Mighty Ducks and George of the Jungle).
For the younger members of our audience who may not remember "ALF," that's good. Keep it that way.
But if you really must know, "ALF" (which stood for "Alien Life Form") ran for a staggering 102 episodes between 1986 and 1990, and spawned an animated series, Marvel Comic book, a 1996 TV movie and even a (short-lived) talk show on the cable station TV Land in 2004. The series was partially written by Jerry Stahl, an author best known for his autobiography Permanent Midnight, which detailed his devastating drug habit and was eventually adapting into a well-reviewed motion picture starring Ben Stiller.
Hollywood Reporter reports that Sony has yet to attach a writer or director for the project, although Paul Fusco, who voiced the character on the original series, is expected to return in the title role. The puppet might not be making a comeback, however: the announcement only mentions that the ALF movie will be "a hybrid CG/live action feature." That's all well and good, but will it still be "ALF?" More importantly, does anyone even care enough to be up in arms about it?
CraveOnline will be back with more ALF news after we kill me!