Heat Vision’s Borys Kit has word that the folks at 20th Century Fox has brought in ‘Iron Man’ screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to provide the script for a reboot of the 1988 sci-fi ‘Alien Nation.’
Starring James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, and Terence Stamp, the Graham Baker-directed original was set in a near future and depicted the assimilation of the Newcomers, an alien race settling in Los Angeles. The film centred on the partnership between a racially insensitive veteran LAPD detective (Caan) and his newly assigned partner (played by Patinkin) as they probe the criminal underworld of the Newcomers as they attempt to solve a homicide.
The film was a moderate financial success and was spun off into to a short-lived television series, itself leading to five television films, comics, and a number of novels.
According to Kit’s sources, the studio is looking to launch a franchise with the first film telling how and why the aliens came to Earth.