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Shawn Levy to direct Starman remake

Starman

Story by Jack Foley

SHAWN Levy is to direct a remake of 1980s sci-fi romance Starman.

The Night At The Museum helmer is to direct and produce the remake, which focuses on an alien who crash lands on Earth and assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband.

At first, the man (played in the original by Jeff Bridges) forces the woman (Karen Allen) to take him to a rendezvous site but during their road trip a romance blossoms. The couple must stay one step ahead of the government agents who are in hot pursuit, and who are intent on capturing the alien dead or alive.

The film has inspired countless modern filmmakers, including – most recently – Jeff Nicholls, whose new film Midnight Special was inspired by it.

As well as Bridges and Allen, the original Starman was directed by horror maestro John Carpenter. It earned Bridges a best actor nomination at the Oscars.

The remake is being penned by Arash Amel, best known for writing the Nicole Kidman drama Grace of Monaco. Michael Douglas, who also produced the original, will produce with Levy.

As yet, there is no word on casting.

But the film would mark another change of direction for Levy, whose name is mostly synonymous with comedy. The filmmaker has dabbled in sci-fi once before, with the futuristic family boxing drama Real Steel. But he has yet to take on a character-based love story.

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