The 80s was a special time right? Michael Jackson dropped the seminal Thriller, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson was busy dominating the Heavyweight division and Liverpool FC were actually dominating the domestic league.
How times have changed. During this period a cult sci-fi TV series, which was responsible for spawning night terrors for an entire generation was born – the show was known as V (not for Vendetta though).
Now it looks like a new generation of sci-fi geeks are about to get their collective minds fractured as the series is making a return – this time as a film trilogy.
The original concept for the show was based around a group of flesh-eating humanoid aliens with reptilian-like qualities, known as Vistors (hence the title V) who attempt to invade Earth.
[Sidenote: Why is every alien race in science fiction always trying to invade planet Earth? What is so great about it?]
According to Digital Spy, Desilu Studios, Inc announced a new ‘big-budget’ version will be adapted for the big screen.
Furthermore, it will be written and directed by the show’s original creator, Kenneth Johnson – he’ll also be on hand to assist with its production alongside John Hermansen (Gray Matters) and Barry Opper (Jeepers Creepers).
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In a press statement Johnson said:
We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless – and timely – story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st century.
V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.
V first aired in the States on NBC in 1983 and climaxed in a sequel series titled The Final Battle, however, it returned the following year for another series.
It also got a reboot in 2009, running for two seasons on ABC, starring Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort and Morena Baccarin.
The original show was notorious when it first aired, creating an air of paranoia as viewers were unsure whether their favourite characters were legit human beings or visitors who’d assimilated themselves into society.
The only way you’d find out is when a Visitor peeled back their skin to reveal their ‘true nature’.
Considering the graphical capabilities of film studios today, I can’t wait to see how the updated version is adapted for the big screen.