The studio that brought back the Smurfs is bringing back ALF.
Sony Pictures Animation has signed a deal for the big-screen rights to the 80′s sitcom and will develop a CGI/live action feature film version of ALF.
Jordan Kerner, who produced Sony’s adaptation of The Smurfs and helped turn it into a hybrid blockbuster franchise, will produce the project with show creators Tom Patchett, a veteran of 1970s comedies, and puppeteer Paul Fusco.
ALF stands for alien life form, and the ’80s sitcom centered on a friendly furry alien creature (a puppet) who crash landed on Earth and took up with the Tanners, a suburban family. ALF, whose name was later revealed as Gordon Shumway, is sarcastic and has an appetite for cats. He courts trouble with government forces that are on his tail. The show aired 102 episode from 1986-90.
No word yet on a writer or director for the project. There’s also no word on whether or not Fusco will be involved. A few months ago, we heard that Fusco wanted to make a more adult version of ALF. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen.