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Gerry Anderson's UFO Targeted For Bigscreenification!!

Merrick here... This feel through the cracks yesterday, but is certainly worthy of mention all the same. Robert Evans & ITV are teaming up for a cinematic adaptaion of Gerry Anderson's 1970s television series UFO. The show was about an ultra high-tech organization called SHADO whose job was to combat aliens that are covertly invading our world & harvesting human body parts. Towards this end, SHADO had super submarines, mega-satellites, roving tank-like weapons, a moonbase + space fighters at its disposal. The series' opening titles looked like this:
The series debuted in 1970 and ran for three years, with characters created by Gerry Anderson. It was set in 1980 and revolves around Shado (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert military organization that thwarts an alien race that has been kidnapping and killing humans for decades, then using the body parts. Shado headquarters is hidden beneath a Hollywood studio, and the studio mogul is actually the Shado commander. The movie will be set in the year 2020.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Variety. Variety is partially incorrect above: UFO ran for only one season (26 episodes). And, if memory serves, Anderson's SPACE: 1999 television series grew out of a proposed...but aborted...second season of UFO. Strong design influence from UFO can be seen in 1999's first season (in particular).

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  • May 21, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    First?

    by JackBauer@CTU

    ...

  • May 21, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    WooHoo!

    by JackBauer@CTU

    My life is now complete! Take me now! It won't get any better!

  • May 21, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Keep it in 1980!

    by theBigE

    Keep the whole 70's vibe, set in futuristic 1980! And keep the groovy soundtrack as well. That looked cheesy but enjoyable.

  • May 21, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Don't remember this, but did see SPACE 1999...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the real 1999 was a disappointment (granted, I was in New Jersey, not in space). Not only did I not party like it was 1999, but no one was waring a suit made of tin foil.

  • May 21, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    JackBauer was first.

    by BillyMayesHere

  • May 21, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, cos Thunderbirds did so well didn't it?

    by tolomey

    UFO was shit.

  • May 21, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    As Long as.....

    by arthurrex007

    The Moonbase Girls still have those Blue Wigs Im In.

  • May 21, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    It BETTER have hot chicks with purple hair!!!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    My prediction: if this has the hot chicks from the TV show, who wore those skin tight outfits and had those sexy purple haircuts, this will be worth seeing.<p>But no hot chicks in skin tight outfits with sexy purple hair = BOX OFFICE FIASCO! Your guy hormones know this to be true!!!

  • May 21, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    It BETTER have hot chicks with purple hair!!! by Big Dumb Ape

    by arthurrex007

    Your right Purple Hair what the hell was I thinking?! Skin tight outfits yeah. Hope it still set in a Movie Studio. Fucking Fox would be a good choice. LOL

  • May 21, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    by shran

  • May 21, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    The Interceptors that were loaded

    by Hotscot

    ..with one missile!

  • May 21, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I was really young...

    by Golden_God

    but from what I recall the chick in the subs were just wearing string vests, seemed like a great idea at the time, shit seems like a great idea now... talking of tits where's scriptgirly?

  • May 21, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    And how about..

    by Hotscot

    a Captain Scarlet movie!

  • May 21, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Who gets to be Commander Straker?

    by kabong

    Ed Bishop died. <P> Gabrielle Drake is still working and looking good. Promote her. <P> I hope this happens. An Australian producer tried to revive it ten years ago and nothing happened. <P> And focus on intercepting and killing aliens--not about humans and alien, like, talking about their, like, relationships. I'm looking at you, "V."

  • May 21, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I don't know what that was about but.......

    by shran

    Right. Fucking. On!! UFO was the shit. Am I one of the only people in the U.S. that has the complete box set? I watched this in the early 70's and nobody else in my area knew it was on. Rally an awesome TV show. Hot chicks who like to shag. Tough guys who drank and smoked. Cool fucking ships. This is awesome news!

  • May 21, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    For the record...

    by vadakinX

    Someday I want to make a Stingray movie. <p> That is all.

  • May 21, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I own the box set, too, Shran,...

    by MisterE

    ...and the opening credits and theme song for this series ranks among the best ever!

  • May 21, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    My youth was very much Anderson-ified...

    by PennsyDeux

    Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO, Stingray. Anybody remember the CGI Scarlet revival a few years back on one of the Voom channels? I dug it. They were so good, those old ATV shows.

  • May 21, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember SUPERCAR?

    by DrMorbius

  • May 21, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I loved those shows...

    by vettebro

    I'm showing my age here, but I used to run home after school to watch UFO,Batman,Ultraman and Space:1999. Ahhhh...memories...

  • May 21, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    The Thunderbirds movie was nothing like the series.

    by The Outlander

    The series was a combination of spy, disaster and science fiction movie. If they had used James Bond as template, instead of Spy Kids it would have been a good movie and closer to the original series.

  • May 21, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    MisterE

    by shran

    Good on you. Space:1999 had it's moments as well. I say they should do all of my favorites from childhood and give them the complete fanboy treatment if for nothing else than to make me personally happy. They can start with Starblazers. Live action. I mean, after UFO of course.

  • May 21, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Don't forget....

    by DrMorbius

    ...that craptacular remake of THUNDERBIRDS, directed by STTNGs Jonathan Frakes!

  • May 21, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Groovy!

    by D_T

    I vaguely remembered these growing up, but always dug on the car and fishnet/purple hair chicks (however much digging I could do at like 5 or 6).<p>Hahaha, always loved the giant one shot penis missile(oops missed, OK I'm done...).I tracked down a few episodes on BoobTube, and it has it's moments (a major character has a pretty epic death in the family, the freaky alien liquid immersion), and some laugh out loud wacky shit like the chase in the minicars around the fake movie studio! <p> Space 1999 I remember(ed) a little better, including the "space dragon" episode that gave me nightmares (WTF were my parents letting me watch this stuff?)

  • May 21, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    aw hell yayah

    by mr. smith

    make this hyperstylized and supah sexy!

  • May 21, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    even in 1970, that had to be laughably retarded...

    by BadMrWonka

    I mean come on...they even have the obligatory "butt shot" in the credits...<p>no one ever actually thought this was serious, did they? did the MAKERS of it think so? holy hell that was retarded.

  • May 21, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    The opening ITC logo...

    by D_T

    ...plus the typewriter (er, "teletype") reminds me of The Prisoner, which BTW, I can't believe hasn't been picked up for a theatrical remake.

  • May 21, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I'm With Wonka

    by RichardAlpert_TimePimp

    I can't stop laughing. That shit is hilarious. There is no way any one took that seriously. I literally can't stop laughing as I type this. Even if they try to update this, I'm gonna have this burned in my memory in the theater, and laugh the entire time. All those blinking lights!

  • May 22, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Space:1999 rocked!

    by LabattsBleu

    there's a concept that ought to be remade into a movie!

  • May 22, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    BadMrWonka and RichardAlpert

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Your geek credentials are revoked by committee!

  • May 22, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    So basically this was like X-COM?

    by Aphex Twin

    I loved that game. They even called their interceptors...well, interceptors!

  • May 22, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    X-Com: The best game of its generation

    by MonkeyLord

    Man, I would much rather see an X-Com adaptation than UFO. However, I think there's some potential here for some really cool IP. That intro vid is undeniably "awesome". :D

  • May 22, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Do it serious

    by jeffv

    I hope they do it serious. IMHO, the campy send-up thing that people like to do when remaking '70s shows is just a cop-out. It's easier to parody than do something of depth. I always thought that UFO had a *lot* of potential if it was ever remade, though I'd prefer to see it as a series not a movie.<BR><BR>Sorry Wonka & Richard: I remember an episode of UFO where Straker had to choose between capturing an alien defector and saving his own son. Straker makes the wrong decision, and the alien and his son die. It was actually kinda shocking and no pansy happy-ending hero-saves-the-day crap. I'm not saying it was great, but good stories can exist in campy premises too.

  • May 22, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    X-Com movie would be awesome

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    add some "Space: Above and Beyond" style military action and a bit of "Starship Troopers" and Glactica and... I just may have pitched the most awesomest movie EVER 2009! <p> UFO was pretty good btw. It's been decades, but I particularly remember an episode with a girl that turns into a cat. Pretty cool when you're 5.

  • May 22, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Purple hair is a must!

    by The_Skook

    This was such a part of a every Brit kids TV experience in the 70's. Don't screw it up guys. I didn't know Ed Bishop had died, every time some British show needed an American that guy was on hand. An underrated actor.

  • May 22, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    It Will Never Happen !

    by Commander_Straker

    But if it does, please let them use some of the original designs. Derek Meddings and co. designed some really cool looking shit !

  • May 22, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Box Set Owner

    by I_Fuckin_Hate_Pikeys

    I too own the box set of this series. Was one of the more hip shows of my youth and if done right, would be a great re-visit.

  • May 22, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Maybe it will go to series on FOX

    by MisterE

    :)

  • May 22, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Those aliens are screwed!

    by MorganLeafy

    Typewriters, that's just superior technology. No purple hair, Britney Spears ruined that look forever, just like a certain Austrian did for a type of moustache.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    SPOOF material.

    by noncents

    That's about it.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    X-COM

    by Chariowalda_Barbarossa

    Though it is a law of nature that videogame movies inevitably suck I'd like to see that one.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Dont see how they will update it...

    by wowsah156

    we have had X Files. Dark skies, Torchwood etc. If anything Torchwood is almost a tribute to UFO with their outlandish storylines. UFO would only work has a type of psychological horror. It would need to focus on the aftermath of the aliens work.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Yup. Even for 1970, it was SUPER-RETARDED

    by V'Shael

  • May 22, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Everyone in the video are

    by Dhaemon

    Swingers baby...Yeah!

  • May 22, 2009, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Was it fuck retarded

    by MikeCSVU

    It was quite a leap from Anderson's earlier work, his first high profile work using actors instead of puppets, and was often quite dark in tone and while very much of its time, has some very interesting psychological aspects to the characters and episodes. Yes, the technology in the SHADO base looks terrible now but look at any early seventies sci-fi and banks of whirring tape drives were the everywhere. The idea of a secret miliray organisation conbatting alien incursions was always a good one and could translate well but with two provsions. One - Gerry Anderson must be a production consultant Two - Jonathan Frakes must be allowed nowhere near it because he's a fucking disaster, UFO still airs here in the UK along with several other cult shows like Randall & Hopkirk Deceased (Now there's a show tailor made for a Hollywood movie), The Champions etc and despite the tech and fx work, the scripts and acting still stand up well. Mind you, if anyone can take a good idea and fuck it up it's a movie studio so we'll have to see what happens. Anderson's stuff is still lenegdary, the CGI version of Captain Scarlet done a few years ago was very good. I'd sooner see UFO as a series than a movie though.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST

    And while I'm remembering

    by MikeCSVU

    Ayshea Brough as the radio operator in that tight catsuit and Wanda Venthan as Col Vernocal Lake. Even at nine years old I knew what a babe was when I saw one!

  • May 22, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    BLAST FROM THE PAST 8D

    by pax256

    OMG I cant believe this is rising from the dead. I hope its not gonna be a campfest. The original but far too short lived sci-fi drama was great... Maybe they can work that Zacharia Sitchin story about Nibiru and the idea the sun might have an as yet unseen brown dwarf companion star that has a planet with advanced humanoid aliens who could be our forebears or alien competitors for our own world... Loved the old show... This could totally rock.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Yeah...UFO!!! I Love This Series!!!!!

    by Media Messiah

    This is truly my favorite science fiction series of all time, well, after The Twilight Zone, that is. I could go on, but I won't, however I love the morally ambiguous nature of the show. Sometimes the good, and innocent, would be left to die, for the greater good of all...and that was troubling, and awing to see, for me. As well, sometimes the heroes did not win in every case, hell, sometimes they were the bad guys. Take for instance the episode where Shado and its agents stumble upon a wife and her secret lover...plotting to kill her husband. With their mission to thwart the UFO threat coming first, Shado's command just allows the couple to kill the husband..and leaves the murderous couple mind-wiped and unaware of the UFO encounter they had, one that has exposed them to above top secret information about the alien invasion...and Earth defense's secret response plan to that invasion, and their intercept teams. The end of the episode cryptically features the shot of a graveyard, the husband having been buried...the couple is shown having successfully gotten away with murdering him, a murder Shado could have prevented. Now that is some cool and heavy stuff. What a show???!!!!!

  • May 22, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Make Space:1999 Next Please!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Space:2099 would be awesome to see in theaters.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo: Order It On Net Flix

    by Media Messiah

    Much of the show still holds up.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Merrick: You Are Correct

    by Media Messiah

    Space:1999 was born out of the aborted second season of UFO--a show that came too close to the truth...the reason it was cancelled.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah!

    by DellsDontBounce

    I remember watching this on Wednesday nights when I was about 11 years old! Very nice! Thunderbirds without the puppets!

  • May 22, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    As long as they don't kiddie it up like T-Birds

    by Alfie Boy

  • May 22, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    wow....big expectations.

    by Bouncy X

    they had 1980 looking all futureistic and things and while that was the normal in those days, that was just 10 YEARS away!! did they really think the world would change that much in 10 years? damn. lol

  • May 22, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I always liked the fact that the aliens...

    by Gabba-UK

    breathed liquid long before The Abyss brought the concept to the masses. Plus Gabriel Drake with purple hair was smoking hot.

  • May 22, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    From the producer....

    by Pig_Ignorant

    ...of such 'masterpieces' as The Saint, Two Jakes and The Out-of-Towners - this is going to be shit.

  • May 22, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    REMAKE SPACE: 1999!!!

    by Dragon Man

    If it got the big-budget attention like Star Trek got, it's a sure-fire moneymaker.

  • May 22, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Watched this originally, when I was a kid.

    by MovieManStill

    Yep, as a eight-year-old, this was pretty cool in 1970, and all my friends watched it, as well. I'll have to catch an episode, now, to see how it holds up. Also saw every episode of "Space: 1999". I guess it's not surprising that trolls shriek about it these days, but it was great to watch, back in the days.

  • May 22, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Scriptgirl scooped this weeks ago.

    by brock landers baby

    Like fuck she did.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Damn, now I have that theme song in my head...

    by Royston Lodge

    DAMN YOU!!!!

  • May 22, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Purple hair and miniskirts!

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Cool

  • May 22, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah, The Conversation based episode.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Plot sounds borrowed and modified. Still more interesting than most tv ones.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Fantastic

    by TheKGB01

    I loved this show and Space 1999 gorwing up...back in the day where one season was 26 episodes..much higher then todays standards.. Just keep the purple hair ...

  • May 22, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Someone once described this as...

    by Kid Z

    ... a series developed by a producer who was previously known for developing children's series featuring puppets and starring actors so wooden that they are indistinguishable from puppets.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Gerry Anderson was a mastermind

    by Star Hump

    His shows were absolutely mindblowing to me as a kid, especially Thunderbirds. What an imagination this guy has. The characters, the adventures, the ships -- it was all super exciting shit, and light years beyond what today's kids get for entertainment. It's hard to describe what it was like, but if you were a kid back then you know what I'm talking about. That being said, whomever is responsible for this remake will fuck it up six ways to Sunday, of that you can be assured.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Yet another

    by Pig_Ignorant

    TV series that was all but completely forgotten (I'd certainly never fucking heard of it) despite being the most brilliant fucking thing ever to grace our TV screens, apparently. What are they going to remake next, Stig of the Dump? Where's the fucking originality in television these days? Whatever happened to shows that are new bold and different, as opposed to rehash after rehash?

  • May 22, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I meant originality in movies

    by Pig_Ignorant

    Whatever. I need booze.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    "A show that came too close to the truth?"

    by V'Shael

    "And that's why it was cancelled?" <p> Good grief.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    "Too close to the truth"

    by Kid Z

    Uh... yeah, thanks for that little tidbit there, Whitley Strieber.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    must keep tape drives and blinking lights.

    by durhay

    No tags describing what the lights actually represent though.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    The new animation of Harry...

    by Kid Z

    ...damn man.... I just ate breakfast! Besides, would even Kong be capable of actually lifting Harry? The man is composed of white dwarf star matter for chrissakes... he has his own gigantic gravitation pull... small rocks and various objects rotate around him... he actually warps space time, to some extent.

  • May 22, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Not only do I remember it

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I actually had UFO toys...a SHADO Mobile and an Interceptor...God, I loved those things

  • May 22, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see SPACE:2099

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Can you say Christian Bale as Commander Koenig?

  • May 22, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Starblazers

    by shran

    That's what I'm talkin' about.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Gerry Anderson's UFO

    by Keysor Soze

    check out this great website: ufoseries.com all you need to know about UFO including not so long ago proposed television series revival attempts including some concept artwork.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I am NOTREAL

    by r_number6

    I still have my old UFO toys! The SHADO tank thingie, the Interceptor and Straker's car. Somehow, in Midland, TX in the early 70's, a local station was running the series and a local toy/hobby store carried a full line of Dinky and Corgi (sp?) toys. All solid metal - you absolutely could not break those things! Somehow out of all my old toys, those are the only ones I ended up hanging on to. I even still have the little missiles (the SHADO could launch one of those suckers halfway across the living room!). Good times, good times.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The Should Make Space 1999....

    by Meta

    And show the moon as it really was in 1999 with nobody on it and a few abandoned pieces of hardware from NASA. It would be as exciting as the show's 2nd season which was produced by Fred "I killed Star Trek" Frieberger. I do dig the Space 2099 idea, since it gives us another 90 years to actually get a permanent base set up on the moon. And we need Eagles, too. Except we've got to come up more scientific idea of faster than light moon-propulsion caused by a series of nuclear explosions. Finally didn't AICN do a article on September 13th, 1999 about the moon breaking out of orbit, or was that "The Onion"?

  • May 22, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    It was better than Space 1999. Great theme tune too.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • May 22, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    The toys

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Yeah, those Dinky / Corgi die-cast toys were all but indestructible...I even had an Enterprise at one point with photon torpedoes and a couple of Space:1999 Eagles. That was back before anyone put an eye out or swallowed a plastic missile. Alas, mine are all long gone now...they just don't make 'em like they used to...I've often considered picking up the UFO DVD set, it's probably just a matter of time before I do. Nostalgia is fun as long as you set your expectations correctly and realize it's not gonna be anywhere as good or cool as you remember - I was actually alarmed when I purchased a couple of sets of Space:1999 that the show I once loved was really rather talky and dry in a lot of spots.

  • May 22, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Man, 1980 was so ADVANCED!

    by D.Vader

    And was that a young Lance Henriksen I saw in that opening?!

  • May 22, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Regarding Space 1999

    by Hotscot

    I think there was a concept bouncing about that scientists on the moonbase were testing a device for opening a jumpgate/wormhole kind of thing. That would allow the moon to jump throughout the universe..maybe they could automatically zoom in on earthlike planets. Another consequence of the field would minimise gravitational pertubations. Somehow the hyperspace jump would reset every 5 or 6 days and the moon would leave again..

  • May 22, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "Feel through the cracks"

    by The Eskimo

    ...isn't that what King Kong is doing to Harry in the new animation?

  • May 22, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    WoooHooooooo!!!!

    by KosherWookie

    I Flat-Out LOVE Me some Gerry Anderson!!! Grew up on: Stingray; Captain Scarlet; Thunderbirds; UFO, and SPACE: 1999. Hell, the first resin prop kits I produced are the laser & comm unit from SPACE: 1999, and they're still selling strong after 12 years... Guess I have to tool up a UFO and and Interceptor in my copious free time...

  • May 22, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Anderson did some great shows.

    by matineer

    This could be good. His CGI update of Captain Scarlet is mesmerizing; Anderson controlled that production. Thunderbirds he had no input in and that became a kids movie. Not all that bad for what it was, but not the same disaster rescue adventure format as on TV. I read somewhere Peter Jackson wanted to do Thunderbirds but the budget would have approached 200 million? Anyway, Gerry Anderson created some of the most imaginative and loved TV shows ever. I hope he has some part of this, if it materializes.

  • May 22, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    That is the coolest fuckin' breakbeat I've heard in years

    by Mel's Rockpile

    Somebody's gotta sample that.

  • May 22, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    What I never understood about Captain Scarlet

    by HoffmanPasander

    I never knew what would happen if Captain Scarlet got exploded or ripped in half or something. In the end credits they used to show paintings of him facing certain death, as if to suggest he'd be alright anyway because he's indestructible. But did that mean you couldn't harm his flesh in any way? Or that he'd reassemble if he was blown to smithereens? If he was torn in half, would the two halves reattach themselves? Or would it be impossible to tear him apart? Questions that need answers.

  • May 22, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Fulllll powerrrr!!!

    by Nyllednav

    Yeah, Supercars

  • May 22, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    UFO

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    God help me, but I loved this series as a kid. I recently watched a few episodes, and while the effects and acting are a little grim, the stories hold up. And one of the mysteries of the series is that you were never totaly clear WHAT the aliens were up to. Harvesting human organs sometimes, but that doesn't explain everything they did during the one season run. For the nay-sayers....if they can make hit movies out of toys, why not this????

  • May 22, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    BTW....

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    Does anyone else find the little cartoon of Harry reenacting the scene from the '77 KING KONG remake...disturbing????

  • May 22, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The girl that turns into cat...

    by thedoctor28

    ....was the 2nd season of Space 1999....

  • May 22, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The music from season 1 of Space 1999

    by thedoctor28

    the opening sequence FUKING ROCKED LIKE NO OTHER SCI FI SHOW PEOPLE!!!! LOOK IT UP!!!!!!

  • May 22, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    UFO was SUPER popular in the UK when I was a child

    by livingwater

    I had the two of the toys........the Interceptor and the Shado. It was so eerie. The guy with white hair..... etc.... there was never much story though.... but the designs were very imaginative. It was surreal to watch.

  • May 22, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The girl in the sub

    by fitzcarraldo2

    God, I remember being tantalised by her string vest outfit. It almost, but never quite did, show her tits. They filmed it so her tits were never quite front and centre. God, it was frustrating.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Supercar

    by Mazzer

    Yeah, I remember that one -- just. I must have been a toddler at the time. But I was in high school for UFO, and remember visiting the moonbase set at some exhibition in England... very cool. But those "spinning top" UFOs were really lame. I'll be really surprised if this ever gets to production as a new movie. I think Stringray would be much cooler.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    BABE ALERT. Here is what the movie needs A LOT of.

    by Big Dumb Ape

    For those of us who, back in the day when UFO was on, were teens and felt all nice and inside looking at those gorgeous moonbase girls in their purple hair and tight silver outfits. The movie needs LOTS of scenes like this!<p>http://www.ufoseries.com/movieClips/ellis.wmv

  • May 22, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Hoffman Pasander:

    by KosherWookie

    His indestructibility was covered in the first episode: He was captured by an alien race called the Mysterons and genetically enhanced with Wolverine-like healing powers. When they put him back on Earth as a double-agent, he snapped out of the mind-control they had laid on him and became Spectrum's MVP...

  • May 22, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Crap...

    by KosherWookie

  • May 22, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Crap Part Deux...

    by KosherWookie

    The fact that I remember that so well (having seen it like 35 years ago) removes any doubt that I am a total fucking dork.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    LET'S GIVE THIS PROJECT TO JJ

    by TITBAG

    HE'LL THINK HE'S REMAKING MANIMAL, THAT FUCKING PONCE NO-TALENT ASSHOLE. <P> THEN, WHEN THE FILM IS DONE, ALL YOU JJ ASSRIMMERS WILL BE HAILING IT AS A REMARKABLE MASTERWORK.

  • May 22, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    SOME OF YOU GET UFO...

    by TITBAG

    I APPLAUD YOU. THE REST OF YOU? IT'S PAINFULLY FUCKING OBVIOUS THAT YOU HAVEN'T A FUCKING CLUE. <P> RUN ALONG NOW BACK TO YOUR PRECIOUS 'DOLLHOUSE' AND 'FRINGE' YOU FUCKING WORTHLESS CUNTS.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Cool.

    by kirttrik

    Looks like a winner.

  • May 22, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Interceptors: immediate launch

    by kabong

    <P> <P> http://tinyurl.com/odop2w <P> <P>

  • May 22, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Yes

    by ThereWolf

    But they can never, ever replace Gabriella Drake as the voluptuous, purple be-wigged Lieutenant Gay Ellis...

  • May 22, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    So it's funky/gay 70's MIB?

    by GornPirate

    Okay

  • May 22, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    UFO and Lt. Ellis

    by brinkeguthrie

    I'm all for the silver jumpsuits and the purple wigs of the Moonbase trackers. Got my Lt. Ellis action figure, Skydiver sub, SHADO Mobile, and Interceptor right here. Just don't let Frakes near it.

  • May 22, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Interceptors; immediate launch.

    by brinkeguthrie

    What WAS the deal with the Interceptor design. One missle, that's it! You miss, Earth is toast. and of course, you have SID up there as a big old target. Can't wait- hope this works.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Actually it was not a campfest

    by ReportAbuse

    Most of the plots were pretty serious and fairly straightforward, more along the lines of the thriller or spy genre. There was little attempt to update technology beyond a few token nods to design such as Straker's car, and of course the inexplicable Moonbase. Hell even the aliens used projectile weapons.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow People ...

    by ReportAbuse

    Another cool '70s Brit low-budget sci-fi series. I don't recall if it was Anderson or not. It was about a bunch of teenagers developing psychic powers a la X-Men.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    No thanks.

    by ZodNotGod

    The show was shit. Boring and next to impossible to follow. I would much rather see "Space 1999" to the big screen, it's flaws duly noted of course but a much more fun series, despite its absurd premise. It should have instead been a Space Station blown into space instead of the entire Moon, which would be impossible.

  • May 22, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    EEE GATS!

    by ZodNotGod

    Christ! That music sounds like something from Benny Hill sketch.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Space 1999 sucked, UFO was WAY better

    by iontyre

    And, it was much more intelligent in terms of the science fiction value. Space 1999? Even if a nuclear blast could knock the moon out of orbit, it would take EONS to reach other solar systems. The story was total BS.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I understand that he was indestructable...

    by HoffmanPasander

    ... it's the premise of the show. Duh.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    ZODNOTGOD...

    by TITBAG

    ..I HAVE REGISTRED JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE A COMPLETE CUNT. <P> SPACE STATION BLOWN INTO SPACE....OMFG. FUCK OFF.

  • May 22, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    UFO and SPACE:1999

    by MasterShake

    Loved both shows as a kid and had all the Dinky toys. The giant missle shooting Interceptor was great. It had machine guns too. Loved it when the Moonbase pilots would scramble and jump into these tubes that would drop them right into the Interceptor cockpit, and then the Interceptor would rise up on a launch pad hidden in a moon-crater. Hell, remake UFO and bring on SPACE:2099. I like the idea of the moon displacing accident being part of a wormhole/FTL drive accident instead of the hokey nuke dump exploding. To really make it interesting, have the accident take place on a rival chinese-ran moonbase and have both moonbases have to get over their problems with each other and pool resources to survive.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    reading up on Anderson's effects team

    by Star Hump

    Many of the effects team including Meddings and Brian Johnson became respected specialists in the film industry. Impressed by their work on the TV series, director Stanley Kubrick poached several of the Anderson effects team to work on his science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of the guys went on to the first Superman movie and won an Oscar. I want to be buried with a diecast Corgi Thunderbird 2.

  • May 22, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Brian Johnson Work On Empire Strikes Back And...

    by Media Messiah

    ...Meddings, did some James Bond films.

  • May 23, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    They will screw up the most memorable part...

    by Odkin

    the theme music. Hollywood is afraid to use any music except bland wallpaper noise, screaming explosion themes, or pop hits. God forbid that they ever use anything you could hum or whistle.

  • May 23, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Yes! Yes! Silver-suited,purple-wigged babes!

    by darthliquidator

    But alas, Ed Bishop and Michael Billington(both Bond film vets) have passed away....Suggestion... cast Shane Rimmer as supreme head of SHADO. And start fitting Megan Fox, Jessica Alba and whatshername from "Transporter 3" into short purple hair!

  • May 23, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    The way 1999 should have been done

    by The StarWolf

    Look up SPACE: 2261, a fan tribute to 1999 and BABYLON 5, using the opening credit format of the former, but using scenes from the latter. It's a hoot. Makes me wish I had a time machine to go back and show it to fans of 1999 back when and blow their minds. ;-)

  • May 23, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    UFO actors

    by The StarWolf

    Most of the actors and actresses working on that series were very good, managing to convey the ruthless, cold-blooded sorts who would be part of an organization which would as soon shoot one of their own as look at them. They'd be hard to replace. The one I'd miss most, though, would be the late Vladek Sheybal who played the creepy Dr. Jackson ( SHADO's head Pshych, no relation to the STARGATE one) who exemplified the expression "with friends like these who needs enemies?" Maybe Lance Henricksen could have played him ten or fifteen years ago. Now? Probably not.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Brits please explain

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    Since I seem to have confused UFO and Space:1999 episodes and it's been about 20 years since I watched any of this: how are the two series related? Is Space a spinoff? Do they share the same cast?? I'm confused.

  • May 23, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Palmer...

    by BiggusDickus

    Yes, the two are connected via the same timeline (bit like Star Trek TOS and Voyager) Check it out here:<p>http://tinyurl.com/pey6hp<p> More of this, please! <p>http://tinyurl.com/onktae

  • May 23, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Sorry, 2nd one should've been...

    by BiggusDickus

    http://tinyurl.com/qf5fah

  • May 23, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Bring it on

    by Denty420

    Never missed an episode as a kid and had the annual, which I drew all over, but there you go. I still think the theme stands up and it's probably one of the best TV themes ever. Barry Gray was a fucking genius.

  • May 23, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    IBM Selectrics and Spinning Tape Reels!

    by filegumbo

    Look at the speed of that typewriter! You know there were big happenings afoot when that thing got going.

  • May 23, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Oh Come On! No Mention Of Fireball XL5!

    by Real Deal

    With Steve Zodiac! It showed in the US around 1963. After Supercar.

  • May 23, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    UFO

    by Keysor Soze

    take it easy guys just remember a couple of things about UFO this a 40 year old TV show and the special effects and the vision for this show were high tech back then,the now deceased special effects and model building legend Derek Meddings worked on many movies like the 1970s Superman, a few James Bond movies etc. UFO filming started in 1969 just after Kubricks 2001.

  • May 23, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    dumb directors and producers

    by Keysor Soze

    oh by the way JJ Abrams and Dean Devlin etc. please don't apply for UFO we want good writing and a movie that lets you use our cerebral process and not a bunch bubble gum special effects and explosions that infect todays scifi movies what a big let down these days I'm 46 years old now and I thought the movie industry would come out with some memorable scifi movies these days but I hope someone will get this right and use the now 80 year old Sir Gerry Anderson as a consultant on this project,God Bless You Gerry !!!

  • May 23, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Gabrielle Drake is still fine looking; Wanda Ventham has aged

    by kabong

    <P> <P> http://tinyurl.com/o2en5w <P> <P> I want to be a SHADO operative under that Commander. It would be the fulfillment of a youthful ambition. <P> <P>

  • May 23, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    kabong...

    by BiggusDickus

    Gabrielle Drake is indeed still fine looking. However she used to be walking Viagra...<p> http://tinyurl.com/qgcfwv

  • May 23, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Gabriella...

    by ThereWolf

    Jesus. I used to watch a soap back in the day called Crossroads, just cos she was in it.<p>She's well tidy.

  • May 23, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    awesome music theme

    by ulcer

    and thanks for the youtube longer version link above, kabong

  • May 23, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Oh. My. Goddess.

    by kabong

    If I'd seen that picture when I first saw "UFO" on TV, my interceptor would have hit S.I.D.

  • May 23, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Gabrielle Drake

    by DrMorbius

    If you want to see how HOT she was, try viewing "Au Pair Girls" IF you can find it anywhere.

  • May 24, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Looked on youtube for "Au Pair Girls"

    by kabong

    Found a short clip where Gabrielle gets wet and takes off her panties. <P> http://tinyurl.com/quscqa <P> About the 30-second mark, one may discern that she did really take off her panties. <P> Also found a short film based on J.G. Ballard's "Crash," starring Gabrielle and Ballard himself.

  • May 24, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Thats the movie...

    by DrMorbius

    ...after that scene she disrobes and she is quite a sight to behold.

  • May 24, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    kabong, ThereWolf, DrMorbius...

    by BiggusDickus

    I'm sensing you gentlemen are English fellows of a certain age like myself. Perhaps you also remember Madeline Smith?<p>http://tinyurl.com/qftant<p>Ah, the nostalgia of Seventies crumpet!<p>...and ThereWolf - you ought to be ashamed of yourself...Crossroads?!?

  • May 24, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    I loved UFO....

    by Ultra Menace

    but this will reek of another disaster by the bubble gum film makers of Hollyweird. Leave the 60's and 70's alone. Come up with your own shit....oh wait, I'm asking them to THINK and use what's left of their drug rotted brains to come up with something new and original. Naw thats just tooooo damn hard. It's easier to just rehash an old TV series or movie that somebody else "originally" came up years ago so the greedy studio suits can make an EASY buck with little effort and remember kids...it's all about the bottom LINE and the almighty DOLLAR.

  • May 24, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Fuck Space 1999, UFO was the real deal

    by Stalkeye

    Not only did it have a kick ass openening, but the stories were dark and "realistic" there's even an episode in which the protagonist's son dies due to his duty to the SHADO organization.UFO was X-Files before X-files and a bit of SHIELD thrown in.I have all one eps on DVD and would love to see a live action treatment..I know it has to be better than GIJoe.<p>Right?!?

  • May 24, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    UFO's best eps IMO

    by Stalkeye

    1.Subsmash<p> 2.Question of Priorities<p>3.The Long Sleep<p>4.The Psychobombs<p>5.Timelash<p>6.The Square Triangle<p>7.Reflections in the water.<p>Any asshole that says this show was shit, ned to check out these episodes via Netflix.UFO was the best thing from England since The Clash and Captain Scarlett.If a remake is to be made, the cast has got to be predominetly British. I love how those cockney cocksuckers pronounced UFO as You-foh.Bloody funny.

  • May 24, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    SWANKY

    by BigFatBaby

    that is all.

  • May 26, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Coolest opening theme in history...

    by cap99

    Opening music must be incorporated. As vital as the Speed Racer theme!