Transformers, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, The Smurfs, The Muppets … if all those '80s favorites can forge comebacks, why not ALF? That's the hope of ALF — the character and the TV show — creator Paul Fusco, who is about to pitch an ALF comeback for the big screen.
"I think the timing is right," Fusco told The Hollywood Reporter. "That's a big important thing, timing. There have been movies out there of characters that I didn't think were on the same parallel as ALF that got movies made, so I think it's time. I think it could be a home run on a lot of levels."
"ALF," about the furry, wisecracking Melmac alien with the anteater snoot and a love of eating cats, aired on NBC from 1986-90, while ALF was also the star of an animated spin-off series, "ALF: The Animated Series," on NBC from 1987-88.
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The character was also featured in a comic book, a line of merchandise that included trading cards, lunchboxes, videogames and dolls, a TV Land talk show that co-starred Ed McMahon and commercials for the 10-10-220 telephone service.
"ALF could be more outspoken now than ever, because the world is a whole different place than the '80s," Fusco said. "And I think the character still stands up and certainly has more to say now than ever. 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."
"ALF" episodes are currently available on Hulu, and beginning on June 3, The Hub — the kids' network that already airs episodes of retro series like "The Facts of Life," "Family Ties," "Happy Days" and "Mork & Mindy" (as well as a remake of the "Care Bears") — will air "ALF" Monday through Thursday nights at 8:30.