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Thursday, 23 July 2009

UFO - Adaption of Gerry Anderson's classic series gets a director

I have been following this one as I can't wait to see a bit of SHADO on the big screen.

Now Variety have the news that Matthew Gratzner is to make his directorial debut on UFO, the feature adaptation of the '70s TV series.

Gratzner has worked on the visual effects for Broken Arrow, Men in Black, Alien: Resurrection, Godzilla, The X Files, Armageddon, Star Trek: Insurrection, End of Days, Pitch Black, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Forgotten, The Aviator, War of the Worlds, Aeon Flux, Superman Returns, The Fountain, The Departed, Resident Evil: Extinction, Iron Man, Hancock, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Scorsese's new film, Shutter Island.

The film was optioned from rights holder ITV Global by the Robert Evans Co., where producers Evans, Henri Kessler and Avi Haas will be joined by Gratzner's New Deal Studios to move the project forward.

A script has been written by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek. Gratzner's studio has begun developing concept art and pre-visualizations; after they're completed, the picture will be shopped for financing.

Like the Gerry Anderson series, the film will revolve around Shado (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a secret military operation hidden beneath a Hollywood studio, whose operatives battle an alien race that has been kidnapping and killing humans for decades and using the body parts.

"The story, characters and situations Mr. Anderson created in 'UFO' are timeless and engaging," Gratzner said. "My vision is to utilize visual effects as a supportive storytelling device that draws audiences into this universe."

How do you feel about Gratzner directing UFO?

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