This news will make some of you flip out while probably pissing off everyone else. Deadline claims Mud and Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols is going to do a remake of Alien Nation.
I say that mostly because Nichols is someone many people just love. Meanwhile, there is a whole lot of folks who find him overrated. Add to that the fondness many have for Alien Nation (those who remember it, I mean), and I feel like we have a recipe for high emotions.
We don’t yet know if Michael Shannon is involved. But c’mon. He will be.
Perhaps Nichols is an appropriate choice. He’s done sci-fi, and his Loving definitely explores racism. Alien Nation basically combines the two in obvious metaphor. For those who don’t know, it’s the story of a racist cop who partners up with the first alien allowed to work as a cop in a version of Earth where aliens landed quite a while ago. They live among us, but we treat them as a lower class. (This should sound familiar to anyone who saw District 9.)
It’s a great movie. I'm not confident a Nichols version will be. What do you guys think?