Jeff Nichols To Helm An “Alien Nation” Remake

Just as his new civil rights drama “Loving” premieres at Toronto this weekend, filmmaker Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter,” “Midnight Special”) has lined up his next project which deals with a different kind of racism.

Nichols is reportedly making a deal at 20th Century Fox that will see him write and direct a new version of the 1988 science fiction thriller “Alien Nation”.

James Caan starred in the original as a racist cop who is forced to team with a new partner (Mandy Patinkin), a member of an alien race who was one on a ship carrying 300,000 alien refugees which crashed here years before with the newcomers assimilating into Los Angeles life. The film was successful enough to spawn a TV series.

Nichols will write the new version and direct, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sara Greene set to produce. No word on when it will begin production.

Source: Deadline