Before he became iconic bad guy Freddy Krueger in 1984, Robert Englund played a good guy: A friendly alien defector named Willie in the 1983 sci-fi/horror miniseries V, created by Kenneth Johnson. The series imagines Earth being “visited” by humanoid extraterrestrials who reveal nothing but benign intensions—at first. Beneath their friendly faces hide hideous reptilians hellbent on intergalactic domination.
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If you’ve never heard of V, it could be because the show is so old—or because it hasn’t aged well. Despite some jet-black themes with echoes of Nazi atrocities committed in Europe, there’s B-movie aesthetic that makes it easy to dismiss. Still, there’s some great stuff there for reinvention—and I’m not the only one who thinks so. (Just don’t research the ill-advised 2009 reboot!)
Official Synopsis: When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.
This week brings word that Johnson is keen to get back into the action by helming a series of feature films based on the cult miniseries.
Per BBC America:
There’s no official release date, but it sounds like there’s more than one film in the works: “V (the movie) will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned,” Johnson said in a statement.
We’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned!
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