The 1980 miniseries “V” was a huge hit (40 share) when it first aired. The story centered on what appeared to be human aliens coming to Earth in an armada of spaceships acting as humanity’s saviors in very troubled times. However, the aliens turned out to be lizard-people with a two-part agenda — using humankind as the main course in their culinary dishes, and stealing Earth’s vast water supply. The program spun-off into a weekly series which did well at first but soon began dropping off in the ratings.
Now ABC is ready to resurrect and update the franchise by hiring “The 4400′s” co-creator Scott Peters to do a rewrite of the SF series. Peters will also executive produce “V” with Jace Hall of HDFilms.
“Whenever I mention â€˜Vâ€™ to anybody, they still have a lot of good memories about the original movie and series,” Peters told Variety. “Everybody has that imagery of their uniforms, or the visitor eating a hamster. Itâ€™s a science fiction icon and too good to pass up.”
This updated version will center on Erica Evans, a Homeland Security agent with an aimless son whoâ€™s got problems, according to the trade paper. When the aliens arrive, her son becomes enamored with them and attaches himself to them â€” causing tension within the family. As in the original “V,” several storylines will unfold simultaneously. The crux of the storyline will deal with what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders, something that has happened in the past with Nazi Germany, and, if not diligently watched, could easily happen again, especially during difficult social and economic times.
Some of the stuff from the old series will remain. For instance, the opening scene in this new series will again show an enormous army of spaceships hovering over the worldâ€™s major cities (ala “Independence Day”). The visitors will again say theyâ€™ve come to help Earth, but they really have an ulterior motive that would destroy all life on the planet.
Warner Bros. TV will assist ABC in the production end of the new show. Warner was also the main element behind the original showing over 20 years ago. Kenneth Johnson, the original writer/director/producer of the 1983 series and a past guest on Slice of SciFi, will not be directly involved with this television remake.