The Guy Who Made ‘Alf’ Thinks We’re Ready For an ‘Alf’ Movie
Are you ready for an ‘Alf‘ movie? You know, that lovable, furry little alien that reminds you of your obnoxious uncle from Long Island and, like your obnoxious uncle from Long Island, has a taste for cat flesh. Remember him? Yeah, let’s give that guy a movie.
THR has an in-depth look at the history and supposed future of ‘Alf’ with creator Paul Fusco. Once a television series in the 80s (and briefly an animated series), ‘Alf’ was a multi-camera sitcom — a fish out of water story about an alien living on Earth with a human family.
It aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990, and Fusco speaks about the many things he was promised, like a feature film to wrap up the story when ‘Alf’ was cancelled. But when Brandon Tartikoff — his ally at the network and the man who gave ‘Alf’ a chance — left, all those promises went undelivered.
Now Fusco is readying a movie pitch for a new feature-length ‘Alf’ film. With the demand for 80s properties at a fever pitch, now might be the time to capitalize on that nostalgia. But do audiences even want an ‘Alf’ movie? Well, does it even matter? No one knew they wanted a ‘Battleship’ movie or an update on ‘The Smurfs,’ but here we are.
Fusco spoke about the concept of the film to THR:
ALF could be more outspoken now than ever, because the world is a whole different place than the ’80s. And I think the character still stands up and certainly has more to say now than ever,” he says. “I think we would approach it in a fresh way. I don’t think we would duplicate the TV show, but I think we would maybe put it in a storyline where we would explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family and let the character speak for himself.
Yes, Mr. Fusco, the world is a different place now than it was in the 80s. Just imagine: Alf could date a Kardashian, or try to eat an iPod, or maybe he could make some joke about dubstep sounding like his home planet’s national anthem. What this piece fails to address, though, is Alf’s bizarre hunger for cats. We just don’t know if the world is ready for a cat-eating alien. The cultural climate has changed so much in the last 30 years, you know.