ALF ready to touch down at Sony Pictures Animation

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Hav­ing just com­pleted a deal to acquire rights to the 1980s sit­com ALF, Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion will turn it into a fea­ture film com­bin­ing CG ani­ma­tion and live action.

Jor­dan Kerner, pro­ducer of last year’s sim­i­larly hybrid The Smurfs, is now on board.

Kerner will pro­duce the project with series cre­ators Tom Patch­ett and pup­peteer Paul Fusco. Fusco is ready to repeat his TV role as the voice of the extrater­res­trial houseguest.

In the orig­i­nal series, ALF stood for alien life form. The sit­com aired for 102 episodes from 1986 to 1990. The crea­ture — whose name was later revealed as Gor­don Shumway — was a friendly furry pup­pet who crash-landed on Earth, mov­ing to the home of the sub­ur­ban Tan­ner fam­ily. The sar­cas­tic ALF liked to eat cats and was pur­sued by gov­ern­ment forces.

DiC Enter­prises and Saban Enter­tain­ment co-produced a car­toon  ALF series, which ran for 26 half-hour episodes in 1987–88. Fusco said in a May inter­view with The Hol­ly­wood Reporter that he hoped an ALF movie would finally be made.

The exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of the new movie are Ben Haber of Kerner Enter­tain­ment Co. and Ken­neth Kauf­man. Nei­ther a direc­tor nor a writer has been attached.

Kauf­man, Patch­ett and Fusco run Alien Pro­duc­tion and have the rights to ALF. A for­mer TV-movie pro­ducer, Kauf­man is a for­mer pro­duc­ing part­ner of Kerner’s. Their busi­ness part­ner­ship helped spark the upcom­ing fea­ture film.

A long­time pro­ducer, Kerner has worked on the fea­ture films Charlotte’s Web, The Mighty Ducks and Inspec­tor Gad­get. His most recent movie, The Smurfs, grossed over $563 mil­lion around the world.

Kerner and SPA have just com­pleted pro­duc­tion on The Smurfs 2, set for a July 31, 2013 release.

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