Paul Fusco, the creator of ALF, was recently interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, our nation’s finest newspaper, because he’s spent the last four years trying to figure out how to make ALF into a movie and has finally done it and will soon be pitching the ALF movie to major studios. Which is whatever. If everything from the past is going to be made into a movie in the future, certainly ALF shouldn’t be excluded from that everything. But aside from the totally normal thing of wanting to turn ALF from a million years ago into a feature film that no one wants, he offered up this totally normal anecdote:
“When I used to write an episode and couldn’t come up with a line for ALF, I needed something really funny, I would actually ask ALF,” Fusco explains during a wide-ranging conversation with The Hollywood Reporter. “I would actually put the character on, and the character would just tell me what the line was.”
DOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. What do you think we thought? That ALF didn’t write his lines himself? Give us a break. We know how TV works — ALL of the characters write their own dialogue. Puppets are no exception. And then his explanation for the “WHY NOW?” question about the ALF movie was also great and really just correct:
“I think the timing is right. That’s a big important thing, timing,” he says, quite confident in his prediction. “There have been movies out there of characters that I didn’t think were on the same parallel as ALF that got movies made, so I think it’s time. I think it could be a home run on a lot of levels.”
No brainer. Before, the world was only ready for characters that weren’t on the same parallel as ALF, but now the world is ready for a character that is on the same parallel as ALF: ALF. I sincerely hope that this movie gets made, and I sincerely hope that ALF gets the writing credit he deserves.