Slew of TV shows headed to big screen
ALF and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe are just two shows from the 1980s that are heading to the big screen.
Blame it on 21 Jump Street.
Just when it looked like the well was finally beginning to run dry when it came to studios plundering the '80s movie catalogue, the success of the Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum reboot (topping the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office), has producers now flipping through '80s TV Guides for inspiration.
Now, while we're not averse to the idea of a big screen T.J. Hooker or Jake and the Fatman, forgive us if we didn't exactly jump up and down at the announcement of a live action/computer-generated ALF movie.
Yep, the amiable, furry Alien Life Form -- also answering to Gordon Shumway -- who crash-landed in the suburban garage of the Tanner family will be landing in theatres courtesy of producer Jordan Kerner, who was also responsible for The Smurfs' wildly successful megaplex run.
There's no director or script in place yet, but, initial plans are for ALF to be computer animated rather than in puppet form, with Paul Fusco again providing his voice.
While we're waiting, we can all look forward to The Smurfs 2, which arrives next summer, with Christina Ricci and J.B. Smoove joining the blue fold.
But ALF isn't the only '80s TV staple poised to make a return, albeit on a much larger canvas.
Jon M. Chu, director of Justin Bieber's Never Say Never and the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is in negotiations to bring He-Man and the Masters of the Universe back in a big way.
The original animated series, based on the Mattel action figures, ran from 1983 to 1985.
It wouldn't be the first time the character hit the big screen, either -- in 1987 there was a cheesy live-action version starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor and Courteney Cox as mere mortal Julie Winston.
Lundgren is already putting dibs on the role of He-Man's dad, King Randor.
And, while on the subject of action figures, it looks like the long-threatened Stretch Armstrong movie will be moving ahead now that it has a new director attached.
The Hasbro character will now be brought to life courtesy of Breck Eisner (The Crazies) for Relativity Media (Mirror, Mirror) after Universal dropped plans to make a less serious version with Taylor Lautner doing the stretching.