12:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Jennifer Konerman
'ALF' TV Reboot in the Works at Warner Bros.
ALF is returning to Earth.
A reboot of the 1980s sitcom ALF is now in the works at Warner Bros. The reboot of the series, starring the friendly alien ALF (Alien Life Form) who lands in the home of a middle-class family, would reportedly focus on ALF returning to Earth, with a new family and characters. Original writers Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco are attached, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The original series ran for four seasons on NBC. The character was performed by puppeteer Fusco, with Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory rounding out the cast.
No network is attached as of yet, and sources stress that the reboot is in very early development.
The project has been in the works since May. Additional details were not immediately available.
Reboots continue to be in high demand as cable, broadcast and streamers look for proven hits in a crowded landscape expected to top 520 originals this year. Key to the reboots is having the original producers involved, which ALF has in Warner Bros. TV, which originally distributed the comedy.
In 2015, NBC bosses told reporters that the reboot craze wouldn't be too excessive, with Bob Greenblatt speaking about a possible Coach reboot, and even quipping, "And if that works, Alf: The Series is next."