It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you like science fiction you MUST know there was a TV show in the early 1980s called V about lizard-like aliens invading the Earth. There was also a newer V mini-series from 2009 to 2011, but clearly the impact was far from the original.
Kenneth Johnson, the creator of V series, as well as other classic TV shows from the second half of the past century like Alien Nation (1989-1990) or The Bionic Woman (1976-1978), confirmed recently that a set of movies based on the original V TV shows are in the works. And they are planned to be a trilogy! As it was revealed by Movieweb.com, and in the words of Johnson, “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“. Desilu Studios, Inc are the ones who are going to be in charge of the production and development, while Kenneth Johnson will write and direct the films.
The original V TV series was about an alien race arriving at the Earth at first pretending to be friendly and with good intentions. Soon, from this strange co-habiting, a group of resistance movements led by regular people blooms against the Visitors. Authorities are taken by the aliens, so only the resistance can save the planet when the former human-like strangers show their real faces as man-eating lizards. The Visitors are after our Earth resources and our flesh for food, and intrepid Mike Donovan and brilliant medical student Julie Parrish will fight to get rid of the invaders led by the evil Lizard woman Diana.
The original series was intended to be a 19 episodes only season, but its unexpected success made producers to develop a second season, introducing new characters and yet keeping the high quality of the show. Actors like Jane Badler, June Chadwick, Jennifer Cooke, Robert Englund, Faye Grant, Marc Singer, Jeff Yagher and Michael Ironside, most of them unknown by the time of the show, were the stars.
At the moment, there is no news about the plots the new V movies are going to follow, or if they will serve as sequels or a reboot of the original series. So it all stays a mystery until further information. But hey, it is an appetizing mystery!
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