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Wolfgang Petersen And Whitley Strieber Introduce Us To THE GRAYS!! (Gasp!) It's About Aliens!?!?

Merrick here...
Unknown Country, author Whitley Strieber's website, indicates that Wolfgang Petersen will direct THE GRAYS (based on Strieber's novel) for Sony. THE GRAYS is about:
Danny and Katelyn Callaghan are a happily married couple oblivious that both took a saucer ride as kids—until a UFO sighting in their Indiana town awakens subliminal memories and excites their genius teenage son, Conner. Meanwhile, in a secret facility in Colorado, Air Force Lt. Lauren Glass learns that the Roswell incident really happened, and that for decades the surviving ETs have been sharing their advanced science with us. In exchange, these "Grays" have sought to rejuvenate their dying species by genetically manipulating human receptacles for their DNA. But some military hard-liners see this as a betrayal of humanity, and they launch a manhunt that brings them to Indiana and the Callaghans' doorstep.
...says Publishers Weekly. The book is said to draw heavily from Strieber's COMMUNION, which may be the book for which he is best known (although he wrote WOLFEN, which many people forget). The very mention of Strieber tends to get people riled up in my circles - it'll be interesting to see how a high profile movie like this is received. Meanwhile, no further word on the fate of Petersen's seemingly in perpetual development adaptation of Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME. Maybe it can stand beside Morgan Freeman's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA in the pantheon of hapless projects consigned to dwell for eternity in Development Hell. You can find the original article about THE GRAYS HERE!

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  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    new account and FIRST!!

    by robo6


  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by robo6

    they should remake that with really shitty CGI wolves.... personally , I fucking hate aliens. They're no good.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Anybody hear anything about

    by tehgreekhammer

    this Hatchet movie? I hear its the greatest thing since Cabin Fever.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    aliens are among us, theres one in the white house

    by pipergates

    bush the lizardian. you can clearly see he ain't human.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by TheWalt

    Didn't I see this before... as The X-Files?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    10 years too late?

    by GCH888

    Isn't the subject matter a bit 1990s?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    He also wrote Cat Magic

    by tonagan

    He's an endearing nutjob, that guy.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    Two films that will be incredibly difficult to adapt for the screen, but that SHOULD be adapted. I think, with RAMA's case - they should meld the first and the second book together (not much happened in the first book, it was a short story). With ENDER, I don't think the difficulty is in the writing (it is possible to translate the novel to the screen in a faithful manner), but more in the casting of the children. Still, it is possible to find children with enough talent to fill the roles if they throw out a large enough net, casting-wise. I wish Warner Bros. would greenlight the film already.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Boba Fat

    the book, scared the be-jesus out of me but as GCH888 says, it's all a bit old hat now. Real life is more frightening than alien invaders.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Yes, GCH888, it's 10 years too late . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and AICN has just blown the whole plot too. My interest has been anal probed. Ba-dum-bum-DSSSSH!!!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    First Faggots? Way to make an impression.

    by liljuniorbrown

    Unless you were trying to type "Fist Faggots? " either way your on the wrong website douche.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    Fire in the Sky part 2: This time its personal

    by BMacSmith

    i dont hear an interesting spin on the genre

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Warren Ellis said it best in Transmetropolitan...

    by Mondo47

    As Spider points out to a very thinly-veiled Whit Strieber, if these aliens have come thousands of light years at regular intervals to seemingly do nothing other than eccasionally impart cryptic wisdom to you and stick a prong up your ass, either you have the most beautiful asshole in existence, or there is no intelligent life in the universe. Give me a old-fashioned ray guns and lasers invasion anyday over these creepy little sods and their probes.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Says his "2012" is to be flick, as well...

    by Mister Man

    Wonder what's causing this sudden H-wood interest in Strieber...

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I can hear George Noory masturbating already

    by GimpInMyPants

    This movie should be fun for Coast to Coast with George Noory. He and his callers still talk about Fire in the Sky and The Mothman Prophecies, for God's sake. It should be good to listen for laughs.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Ah, the Mothman Prophecies

    by PVIII

    good little film. Spooked the hell out of me. What's that director been up to me wonders - off to imdb!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    "'Ello, mistuh Gay..."

    by Osmosis Jones

    "'Oooby 'oooby 'OOOOOOOOOOOO!"

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    He's a hack. You gotta be weakbrained to think

    by V'Shael

    that "greys" are probing peoples anus cavities and so on.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Bill Cooper

    by Dulcebase

    Bill Cooper said that Whitley Streiber is a C.I.A. agent. Now, supposing that's true, that could explain the Hollywood interest in making these movies with him - maybe some sudden need to spread disinformation through the media.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    The Hunger

    by Shoegeezer

    He wrote that too, which, it seems, is an even more forgettable fact than he wrote Wolfen.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by BillyPilgrim

    Why does shit like this get a film and great Sci-Fi books by Gregory Benford, Greg Bear and Stephen Baxter get ignored. Shit, develop Alan Dean Fosters Flinx series for fucks sake. But no..charlatans like Strieber get handjobs from every insane radio fuck out there so they must get their books made into movies. What at bunch of bullshit.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Ah yeah... The Hunger...

    by Kid Z

    ... opening credits scored with Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead. It was cool shit in the 80s, but if we'd known it'd ultimately lead to today's goth/emo infestation, we'd've burned every friggin' copy of the thing!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    The grays are has-beens...

    by Kid Z

    ... Today's aliens of note are the nastier Reptilians. Never mind the anal probes... these buggers can shape-shift and they eat people for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Already! Another Abduction movie

    by yungb

    I really hope this movie shows us an accurate depiction of an Alien abduction something Fire in the Sky failed to do.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Wolfen rocked my 5th grader world

    by ButtfuckZydeco

    The book, that is. The Indian stuff from the movie was not in the book, although alternating chapters from the Wolfen point of view were.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    And Strieber had 5th grade street cred

    by ButtfuckZydeco

    for being present at the University of Texas sniper shootings. Of course I heard something since then that implied it made that up, which would seem consistent with the notion that this project is supposedly based on a nonfiction work of his.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by mastes360

    I have seen it and it blows. Well its not that bad actually and quite funny in parts but the Victor Crowley guy looks ludicrous and laughable, very gory though so i suppose its decent.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Anal Probing?

    by godoffireinhell

    Will there be prolonged scenes of those filthy Grays shoving phallic probes into human rectums? If so, I demand that the human couple be played by Taylor Rain and Sasha Grey.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Oh God! Sasha GREY!!!

    by godoffireinhell

    Now I'm scared...

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Fuck Wolfgang Peterson, this guy hasn't made...

    by rbatty024

    a decent film since Das Boot. For years I've been telling people to give him another chance but now he's had one too many second chances. You've made me look like and asshole Wolfgang Peterson!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Petersen is really done

    by Andy Warhol Jr

    Nothing to discuss.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by robo6

    nice name... I use the same name for turds in the toliet. you'll never be first, cuz you're number 2 go watch a Uwe Boll movie... fucking Bollhead.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Did you just say,"Morgan Freeman's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA" can't get made? No one wants to make a movie from "Rendezvous With Rama"? With THE Morgan Freeman onboard?<p> With all of the TV shows and remakes that are being dragged through theaters these days, Rendezvous with Rama, the award winning novel by Arthur C. Clarke, can't get its orginal foot in the door? With several sequels to it already written?<p> Ahh, Hollywood, the Cup of Stupidity overflows! Swim in it's cool and numbing waters and soak your head in it!<p> Hey Morgan! Give the project to Michael Bay. He'll get it made! He can do EEENNNIII-THING! He da Man.<p> I am, of course, joking. Sadly.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Christopher Walken better be in it!!!!!!

    by TheBaxter

    i enjoyed strieber's "i was abducted by aliens" books, even if i never totally bought into them. but i read The Grays, and it sucked!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Never read Communion, but saw the movie...

    by Abin Sur

    ...and parts of it scared the crap out of me - especially the scene at the cabin where Christopher Walken looks from his bed out into the hallway - and that big eyed alien (more tan than gray) slowly peers around the doorway at him. Walken's reaction shot is what sold the whole moment, and that made it some scary shit.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    If there's anything scarier than those gray aliens...

    by Kid Z

    ... it's got to be Christopher Walken... especially if he's dancing/flying in a hotel lobby.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I wish he would make Ender already

    by quadrupletree

    I love that book and can't wait to see it on the big screen. I think they need to get a really big name person to put their name on it as producer to make it happen. I hate to say it but George Lucas, just to throw his weight behind it not to have any creative influence...

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The book was a complete mess

    by Bot-Bot

    I read Communion when it was first published and found it well written suspense for the most part. "The "Greys was a serious dissapointment - seemed like Strieber was making shit up as it went along. Parts of it were like juvenile science fiction from the 50's, with cardboard characters (really evil government guys) and magic technology that seemed to convienently arrive to save the day whenever the plot needed a boost. This wouldn't even make for bad television. Communion -the film - was one of the worst book adaptations I've ever seen. If the adaptation of The Greys is worse than the book, it's going straight to video.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Umm, oops I meant to spell it Grays, not Greys

    by Bot-Bot

    Can't knock that english spelling out of me.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Sounds boring.

    by Premiere Warlord Bush

    And is probably already an episode of the X Files. When is the Destroy All Humans movie coming out? That'd kick ass.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Spartacus Hughs

    Anyone else like Wolfen with Albert Finney & Gregory Hines? I've not watched it for years but I seem to remember being impressed by the ending. And Communion, "Is that someone there" deeply affected me. But maybe that's because father used to put his finger in my bumole whenever mother went to the local shops.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by TheDohDoh

    Hell yeah. I love this conspiracy shit. Bush is a fucking giant lizard or an underground dwelling grey. It's true!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Why do aliens love anal probing?

    by TallBoy66

    What the hell are they looking for up there anyway?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    poor impressionable famous uber rich german director

    by the_man_from_Rio

    i guess petersen bought the whole he's a cia agent act( maybe it is, maybe it isn't). all i humbly know is that this idea sounds boring pra caralho. give Rendezvous with Rama to someone with pulse, like Fincher(wasn't he attached to that at some point?).

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST

    TallBoy66: That's easy!

    by Playkins

    Gold. They're looking for gold.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Oh, a question for anyone that knows-

    by Playkins

    Didn't Streiber finally admit that he made up the story he based "Communion" on to help sell his book?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Rendezvous with Rama

    by MaleSheep

    I think I also heard that at some point Tom Hanks was working on getting a Rendezvous with Rama film made.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a bad episode of THE X-FILES!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    I saw Strieber give a talk and answer questions at a bookstore signing...about ten years ago or so. It was really entertaining--we asked all kinds of questions AS IF WE WERE FANS AND BELIEVED in all that UFO stuff. He ate it all up. Seems like a nice guy. Probably bi-polar.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    what a great pitch

    by mrbong

    this is such a fresh, imaginative and creative idea for a film. this notion of life existing outside of earth is new to me, and i do not recall seeing any film at all of this nature. what will make it a winner is if they get Jack Black in it to show off his acting flair once again. he could do for this what he did for King Kong, no?

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Communion2 : Electric Boogaloo

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks


  • Sept. 8, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    He wrote The Hunger?

    by Maniaq

    That movie rocked! mmmm... Susan Sarandon's titties... <br> <br> ahem..<br> <br> Yeah I remember Streiber previously wrote about Roswell being real and about how it had something to do with that was where the bombers that delivered the Bomb to Japan flew from - this was a pivotal, world shaping technology at the time, remember, responsible for a Cold War that lasted half a century. <br> <br> Anyway, the Rama thing sounded interesting. I don't think anyone should try to blend the first and second books - the first was a good deal more than a short story. I think the second was probably the superior of the sequels so it would probably be a better film if it was a sequel, no?

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Whitley Strieber

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Is Koo Koo for Cocoa Puffs.

  • June 11, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    THIS NEWS IS FROM SEPTEMBER 2007!!! AICN has really gone to shit

    by Shakes The Clown

    THIS NEWS IS FROM SEPTEMBER 2007!!! It was even announced in Variety back then. AICN has really gone to shit.

  • March 31, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    here I am, I'm naked....I'm naked!

    by The_Crimson_King