Mick Garris

Moving away from horror (specifically Stephen King’s horror), writer/director Mick Garris is prepping a science fiction film called Invasion that combines elements of The Outer Limits and Mad Men, studio math-style. Most likely, that’s just because it’s set in the past and involves science fiction.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script from A.J. Ferrara will focus on a female reporter trying to break into the male-dominated, 1960s world of newscasting, and in an attempt to be taken seriously, she stumbles upon a government secret about aliens. So maybe toss in some Anchorman and Men In Black as well.

So this is what Garris is doing while no one is calling him for the Stand adaptation. Jokes aimed at a more-than-competent director aside, the title sounds pretty generic, and the premise is mildly interesting, but the most interesting aspect here is Garris returning to the big screen for only the fourth time. And, this outting, without King’s work as his blueprint.

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