When a conversation I’m having with someone turns to films and TV that scared us a kid, I often bring up the 1983 two part mini-series V and its 1984 three part sequel V: The Final Battle, which were shown as one big five part mini-series in the UK. Be it the human baby suddenly revealing its lizard tongue, or Julie being subjected to hallucinations of being chased down dark tunnels in an attempt to enslave her, V often genuinely frightened me at the time, though the TV series that followed wasn’t anywhere near as good, and I never even bothered with the 2009-2011 reboot – though I did read some of the book sequels.
Anyway, the supposedly friendly human-like aliens who arrive on Earth and are actually [SPOILER] carnivorous reptiles intent on ruling the planet, are going to be back, and on the big screen! Desilu Studios, Inc has now announced that a new big-budget film version will be written and directed by the original’s creator Kenneth Johnson, and the fact that he’s scripting it has got to be a good sign.
“We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless – and timely – story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st century. V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.”
And Desilu Exec VP Steven Posen:
V is a multi-billion dollar film franchise and merchandising juggernaut. We couldn’t be more excited and honoured to bring this film to the millions of devoted fans worldwide.”
I can’t wait!