Gratzner to Adapt ’70s TV Series UFO


Veteran visual effects supervisor Matthew Gratzner will be making his directorial debut on UFO, the feature adaptation of the ’70s TV series.

Gratzner was visual effects supervisor on the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed Shutter Island, and his vfx resume includes The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Hancock, Iron Man and Alien: Resurrection.

Variety says a script has been written by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek. Gratzner’s studio has begun developing concept art and pre-visualizations; after they’re completed, the picture will be shopped for financing.

Like the Gerry Anderson series, the film will revolve around Shado (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a secret military operation hidden beneath a Hollywood studio, whose operatives battle an alien race that has been kidnapping and killing humans for decades and using the body parts.