In May of this year we reported that the retro 1970's British UFO series was going to be adapted into feature film. Legendary producer Robert Evans has teamed up with ITV Global to develop the project, and visual effects artist Matthew Gratzner is on board to direct. He's worked on films such as Iron Man and Scorsese's upcoming film, Shutter Island.
Variety reports that Joshua Jackson has been cast in the film as Paul Foster, a test pilot who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert org built under a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against a race of aliens who have been abducting humans and using the body parts.
Character development is the most critical part of UFO, and Joshua's terrific talent and range is exactly what I need to convey the inner conflict of the character of Paul Foster.
Jackson has been repoularized due to the success of Fox's sci-fi series, Fringe. Jackson is a pretty mediocre actor, but this role might just fit him. I'm excited for this movie, and I hope that this feature film keeps the retro feel that the TV series had.
UFO was created by Gerry Anderson and it ran for three years. The story was set in the 1980’s and revolves around the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization or S.H.A.D.O for short. This is a covert military organization trying to take down an alien race that has been kidnapping and killing human for decades, then using their body parts. The SHADO headquarters are hidden beneath a Hollywood movie studio, and the head of the studio is actually a SHADO commander.
Do you think Jackson will fit the role? Does this movie interest you?