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Release Date: TBA

Genres: Action, Science Fiction          

Production Phase: In Development

  Production Company: Robert Evans Company

Who's In It: Joshua Jackson (Paul Foster),

Who's Making It: Matthew Gratzner (Director), Ryan Gaudet (Screenwriter), Joseph Kanarek (Screenwriter), Robert Evans (Producer), Henri Kessler (Producer)

Premise: A secret military organization exists called SHADO, created to combat an alien race that has come to Earth to harvest human beings as body parts.... More »

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

In a lengthy interview with Forbidden Planet, UFO director Matthew Gratzner talks about his plans for making a trilogy of UFO movies; of the decision to cast Joshua Jackson; the news that he's spoken to Heroes cast member Ali Larter about playing the part of Virginia Lake, one of SHADO's top commanders; that his aliens will be humanoid in appearance and not too weird-looking; and that there will be some retro elements in the movie as a nod to the 1960s style of the classic TV series.

"What I want to do with UFO is what Christopher Nolan did with the Batman franchise, or Martin Campbell did with Casino Royale," states Gratzner in the interview. "UFO is not a spoof, or a parody or a kids' movie. It's a pretty dark story, actually…it is not a show for young children."

The article also pegs the budget for UFO at $130 million dollars.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fringe and Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson is the first cast member announced to star in UFO. Jackson will play test pilot Paul Foster, a new recruit to S.H.A.D.O. that begins to fight the alien menace that's abducting people and removing their organs.

"Character development is the most critical part of UFO, and Joshua's terrific talent and range is exactly what I need to convey the inner conflict of the character of Paul Foster," director Matthew Gratzner told Variety. The makers of UFO want the picture to be filming by next spring in the United Kingdom.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The 1970s TV series UFO is being developed into a feature film. Created by Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Space: 1999), the UFO movie will be directed by Matthew Gratzner, a special effects supervisor making his directorial debut. Gratzner began his career working on the 1996 thriller Broken Arrow and has worked on over three dozen films including the first X-Files film, the 1998 version of Godzilla, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, The Fountain and Iron Man. A screenplay by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek has already been completed and pre-visualization/concept artwork is being developed at Gratzner's FX company to attract investors.

"The story, characters and situations Mr. Anderson created in UFO are timeless and engaging," Gratzner told Variety. "My vision is to utilize visual effects as a supportive storytelling device that draws audiences into this universe."

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