14 October 2008

ABC Remakes V

I was about eight when my family became so addicted to this sci-fi series, V.

From what I can remember, the show was about aliens looking like humans living on earth. And peeling their skin off would reveal, not blood, but green flesh.

I remember Diana (pictured). I can hear her in my head saying, "I give you my direct order!" in crisp British accent.

I remember lovely Jennifer Cooke, whose character Elizabeth was...if I remember correctly, part human - part alien. She was like the future queen or something. When my cousins and I would role-play V, we'd always fight over who gets to play Elizabeth.

And now Variety is reporting they will bring back this series from my childhood. Yep, V is going to get its own remake for 2009!
"V," the 1980s miniseries about alien lizards visiting Earth, will invade primetime once again.

ABC is developing a new adaptation of the franchise — which spawned a second mini and TV spinoff — written by "The 4400" co-creator/exec producer Scott Peters.

"Whenever I mention ‘V’ to anybody, they still have a lot of good memories about the original movie and series," Peters said. "Everybody has that imagery of their uniforms, or the visitor eating a hamster. It’s a science fiction icon and too good to pass up."

The original "V" served as an allegory for the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. Peters said he won’t duplicate that concept, except that the new "V" will still focus on what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders.

In this case, the new "V" will center on Erica Evans, a Homeland Security agent with an aimless son who’s got problems. When the aliens arrive, her son gloms on to them — causing tension within the family. As in the original "V," several storylines will unfold simultaneously.

But even without the same storyline, the original "V’s" bones will remain: As in the ’80s version, the show will open with an enormous army of spaceships hovering over the world’s major cities. The visitors say they’ve come to help Earth, but their motives are nefarious (in the original, they wanted to steal the world’s water supply).
The complete report is here.