Joshua Jackson (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Fringe”) will star in a new film adaptation of the cult 70’s British sci-fi TV series “UFO” reports Variety.
Jackson will star as Paul Foster, a test pilot who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert organization built under a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against a race of aliens who have been abducting humans and using the body parts.
Famed for his marionette shows like “Thunderbirds” and “Captain Scarlett”, Gerry Anderson turned to live-action with the original “UFO” which ran for a single season of twenty-six episodes from 1970 to 1971. A second series was initially commissioned but later cancelled, with much of the development work done on it incorporated into Anderson’s more well-known mid-late 70’s series “Space 1999” starring Martin Landau.
Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek are penning the new “UFO” which “Iron Man” and “Shutter Island” visual effects supervisor Matthew Gratzner will make his directorial debut on.
Filming kicks off this Spring in the UK.