Does anyone remember the old British TV series about a special force out to protect the Earth from an alien menace. Well yea I know there were thousands of those type of series but I am talking about UFO. Something I remember watching as a child and now has become one of those cults series that for some reason did not fade into oblivion like the others. Its a good thing to because the movie version or reboot (whatever you want to call it) is now throttling up to start production and is slated for release sometime in the summer of 2013. About 2 years ago there was rumor that it was suppose to have been all wrapped up and done for that a release date of 2011 (See UFO 2011 Dec 8, 2009). But as explained on the official site “This is a big film and it takes time to prepare a project of this magnitude. Like you, we are huge fans if the original series and want to do it justice. “ Well I hate rushed films and I agree take the time to do it right. As long as the world does not end (A good reason to pray that the Mayan predictions of 2012 are wrong if you ask me) or the film suffers from budget over runs from the delay .
Already there is an OFFICIAL WEB SITE which pretty much means it will be made. You should check out the site. I will admit there is not much there yet except some cool flash effects for the home page , some info including the movie poster, and you can put yourself on the mailing list to keep getting updates on production, time schedules along with some gallery photos and such. Of course that is if your a fan of UFO.
For those that are not fans or never heard of the show here is a little background plot and info from Wikipedia along with some Youtube footage of the intro.
UFO is a 1970-1971 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth, created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade’s Century 21 Productions for Grade’s ITC Entertainment company.
UFO first aired in the UK and Canada in 1970 and in US syndication over the next two years (the shows were copyrighted in 1969). In all, 26 episodes, including the pilot, were filmed over the course of more than a year, with a five-month production break caused by the ultimate closure of the MGM-British Studios in Borehamwood, where the show was initially made.
The Andersons had previously made a number of very successful marionette-based children’s science fiction series including Stingray, Thunderbirds, and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. They had also made one live-action science fiction movie, Doppelgänger, also known as Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun, and now felt ready to move into live-action television and aim at a more adult market.
UFO was the Andersons’ first totally live-action TV series. Despite the assumption of many TV station executives, the series was not aimed at children but deliberately sought an older audience; many episodes featured adult themes such as adultery, divorce, and drug use. Most of the cast were newcomers to Century 21 although star Ed Bishop had previously worked with the Andersons as a voice actor on Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons.
The show’s basic premise is that in the near future – a fictional version of 1980 (a date indicated in the opening credits) – Earth is being visited and attacked by aliens from a dying planet and humans are being covertly harvested for their organs by the aliens. The show’s main cast of characters are members of a secret, high-technology-equipped international agency called SHADO (an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation) established to defend Earth and humanity against the mysterious aliens and learn more about them.
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