ABC is delving back into the world of ’80s television, resurrecting the alien-invasion franchise V.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. Television is producing the miniseries, written by The 4400 co-creator Scott Peters. Jace Hall, former head of WB’s video-game division, will executive produce, with an eye toward expanding V into other media.
The original miniseries, which debuted in May 1983 on NBC, served as an allegory for Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, as an alien fleet arrived on Earth. Referred to as the Visitors, the aliens offered friendship and advanced technology in exchange for chemicals to help their ailing homeworld. Their plan turns out to be somewhat less peaceful, and the human-looking Visitors turn out to be rat-eating reptillian beings in disguise.
That miniseries spawned a second, plus a TV spinoff, books and an 18-issue comic series from DC.
Peters told Variety he won’t duplicate the original concept, except that the new V will focus on what happens when the public has blind faith in its leaders.
No word yet whether we’ll see a return of Marc Singer.