CANNES — Robert Evans is teaming with ITV Global on a feature film based on the 1970s British TV series “UFO.”
Evans is producing with Avi Haas and Henri M. Kessler. Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek are penning a script.
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.
The Robert Evans Co. has a first-look deal at Paramount, which will be first stop for the project. “We know the importance of the ‘UFO’ series brand to ITV Global, and we will work closely with them to build this into a franchise,” Evans said.
Evans has a deal with Paramount and HBO Films to develop a six-hour miniseries on Chicago attorney Sidney Korshak.