As Jeff Nichols’ Loving makes the film festival rounds, the director is already setting his next project: Alien Nation. EW can confirm that Nichols, also known for Mud and Midnight Special, is coming aboard the remake of Graham Baker’s sci-fi film as a writer and director.
The original envisioned a world where enslaved aliens, who crash-landed on earth, try to make a new life for themselves. James Caan portrayed a racist detective forced to team up with one of these aliens, played by Mandy Patinkin. The film spawned a TV series that ran from 1989-1990. (Watch the trailer for the original film below.)
Nichols’ Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival after debuting earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. His producers on Loving, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Sara Greene, are also joining him for Alien Nation.
Deadline was the first to report the news.