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SCI FI Remaking Alien Nation

aliennation-070209A new take on Alien Nation, the 1988 feature-turned-Fox-TV-series, is being developed by SCI FI. Tim Minear (Angel, Firefly) is writing the script for the project. Chris Carlisle, head at Fox 21 who is producing, told Variety that they believe the series could be just as successful as another recent remake/reboot; Battlestar Galactica:

“It’s absolute perfect timing for this type of show,” Carlisle said. “They’re looking for more grounded sci-fi and close-ended episodes, and at the heart of ‘Alien Nation,’ it’s a cop movie. It’s grounded. And it has a tremendous amount of dramatic possibilities and humor.”

SCI FI Executive VP of original programming, Mark Stern also spoke to how the project will fit with the networks re-branding, which takes place next week with the name change to Syfy:

“It’s very much in keeping with what we’ve been looking to do — find themes that are more than just hard sci-fi, something that feels contemporary and relevant and invites a broad audience in,” said Sci Fi original programming exec VP Mark Stern.

Meanwhile Minear, who’s mapping out the project’s mythology — likely taking place in the Pacific Northwest about 20 years after the first ship of aliens crash lands on Earth — discussed how the show will incorporate a mix of all his prior series work:

“It’s genre mixed with procedural mixed with funny and mixed with big, giant scary,” Minear said. “I love serialized stuff, but this is also a cop franchise. That ‘Starsky and Hutch’/’Lethal Weapon’ buddy cop comedy is absent from TV right now.”

Head on over to Variety to read the rest of the article.