Maybe it's because I recently saw The Day the Earth Stood Still, and was completely underwhelmed, but Alien Trespass seems like a tough sell. Simply the names Urp and Ghota are going to be tough to work through. The one thing it does have going for it is the 1950's. The problem with recent alien invasion flicks is that we have to spend time with technology (cell phones and news casts) instead of focusing on characters. ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS TO RELEASE ALIEN TRESPASS
STARRING ERIC MCCORMACK
World Premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Los Angeles (December 5, 2008) - Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to R.W. Goodwin’s (The X Files) colorful homage to 1950’s
Sci-fi alien invasion films, ALIEN TRESPASS. The film stars Will & Grace’s, Eric McCormack in his first leading film role since leaving the series. The film will make its world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. Roadside will release the film theatrically in 22 markets on April 3rd.
Set in 1957, ALIEN TRESPASS chronicles a fiery object from space that crashes into a mountaintop in the California desert, bringing the threat of disaster to Earth. Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous creature – the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet. A benevolent alien from the spaceship, Urp, inhabits the body of Ted Lewis (McCormack) – a local astronomer – and with the help of Tammy, (Jenni Baird) a waitress from the local diner, sets out to save mankind.
“With ALIEN TRESPASS, R.W. has created something really unique,” noted Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen. “Not only does the film effortlessly juggle sci-fi, comedy, drama and suspense, but its visual style masterfully revives the bright, Technicolor look of the era.”
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Roadside Attractions by Greg Bernstein of Greg S. Bernstein – A Professional Corporation and by Gary Barkin of Barkin Smith on behalf of the film.
ALIEN TRESPASS was directed by R.W. Goodwin and based on a story by James Swift and Steven Fisher with a Screenplay by Steven Fisher. The film was produced by James Swift and R.W. Goodwin and stars Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Dan Lauria and Robert Patrick.