'Iron Man' Writers Tackle 'Alien Nation' Remake

Fox has recruited "Iron Man" writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway for "Alien Nation," the Gale Anne Hurd-produced remake of the 1988 sci-fi action film, Heat Vision reports. Rumors of the revival first circulated last May.

Unsurprisingly, the website contends the studio hopes this reimagining will launch a franchise akin to its successful "Planet of the Apes."

The original merged buddy-cop and sci-fi genres in a story about hundreds of  thousands of alien Newcomers who try to settle in Los Angeles, to the dismay of much of the human population. Mandy Patinkin played the first Newcomer police detective, who's partnered with a reluctant human cop (James Caan) to investigate the alien underworld as they try solve a murder.

"Alien Nation" inspired a short-lived television series, which in turn led to five TV movies. Syfy announced in 2009 that it was planning its own revival, written by Tim Minear, but it never materialized.

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