UFO gets a director and plot
The film adaptation of the live-action 1970's television series UFO from the excellent Gerry Anderson has announced that it has a director, a first time director, although his career has been heavily around the visual effects area so expect the film to look good.
We also get to hear a little about the plot for the film, and how much of the original series idea is going to make it to the film. All of which has me excited.
Matthew Gratzner is the man tasked with the directorial job and he's had a strong career to date in visual effects. Rattling off a few of the titles brings us such films as Broken Arrow, Men in Black, Alien: Resurrection, Godzilla, The X Files, Armageddon, Star Trek: Insurrection, End of Days, Pitch Black, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Forgotten, The Aviator, War of the Worlds, Aeon Flux, Superman Returns, The Fountain, The Departed, Resident Evil: Extinction, Iron Man, Hancock, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and right now, Shutter Island.
That's a fair list, and a good one at that. So at least we know the effects are going to be great if the budget is there because his studio are working on the concept art and pre-visualisations already.
Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek wrote the script which will, according to the story in Variety, follow much of the original series. It will revolve around a group called Shado - Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization – who have a secret military base hidden beneath a Hollywood studio which will provide some self-promotion and perhaps a new tour area for some more residual earnings. The job of Shado is to fight an alien race that has, for decades, been kidnapping and killing humans to use their body parts for their own means.
Sounds like it's following the original show almost identically, well in the outline at least. I suspect a lot will have changed by the time we see the film, especially those ships with the one huge missile on the front, that always seemed strangely odd to me.
Speaking about the film version of UFO Gratzner said:
”The story, characters and situations Mr. Anderson created in 'UFO' are timeless and engaging...My vision is to utilize visual effects as a supportive storytelling device that draws audiences into this universe.”
Sounds good. However it's really early days. What I'd like to see are some of that concept art and see what they're thinking of for the world of Shado. I'm sure it won't be anything near the original.