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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