Disney Reportedly Presses Pause on Fox’s “Alien Nation” Remake

It looks like Disney is changing up some of Fox’s plans again. The studio has reportedly pressed pause on Fox’s remake of the 1988 film Alien Nation, according to Variety.

  • In 2016, Fox hired director Jeff Nichols to write and direct the remake.
  • Nichols was to reteam with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sarah Greene, the producers of his film Loving.
  • He signed on to direct the remak two days before Loving premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
  • The original Alien Nation starred James Caan as a police officer partnered with an alien played by Mandy Patinkin and was set in Los Angeles after an alien race landed in the Mojave Desert.
  • Alien Nation was a moderate success, earning $25 million at the box office and Fox launched a spinoff series which ran for 22 episodes in 1989-1990 before it was cancelled.
  • The series starred Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint.
  • Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Sonoya Mizuno were tapped to star in Fox’s remake of the film.
  • Disney has now put the project on hold, just a week after cancelling Fox’s animated feature Mouse Guard.

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