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ABC’s Alien Drama The Visitors Beams Up Milo Ventimiglia And Barry Sloane

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visitorsHere’s a novel idea. A show about aliens threatening the Earth’s population. But it needs a really catchy title…something that’s never been used before. I’ve got it: The Visitors! And let’s put somebody behind it who’s never worked on an alien project before, like maybe Steven Spielberg. All of this unfunny sarcasm adds up to ABC’s upcoming drama from Amblin Entertainment, with Spielberg as executive producer. Announced a couple of weeks ago, the show has attracted a few cast members, including Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia and Revenge star Barry Sloane, both of whom join the sci-fi friendly actor Derek Webster (Stargate). At least they didn’t just import the entire cast of the 2009 reboot of V, though that in and of itself is kind of an original idea.

The Visitors is ostensibly about aliens who want to destroy the planet, using children as their weapon, but that kind of plot probably can’t hold steam from week to week. Ventimiglia will play a man named Drew Brannigan, only he doesn’t realize that’s his name. He wakes up on the streets of Washington D.C. without his memory. He finds a series of tattoos on his body that lead him to his name, but that’s it. It turns out he has a wife named Claire, and he must fight to “regain his memory or cross over to the enemy’s side.” I’m not sure exactly who the enemy is here, unless they’re talking about the aliens, who are almost certainly behind his memory loss. Sloane plays a D.O.D. investigator who stumbles upon some huge discovery. There’s no word on whom Webster will be playing.

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The Visitors Is No Mere Close Encounter In First Stills

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the visitorsLast week, the directing duo known as the Vicious Brothers released the sales art poster for their upcoming alien thriller The Visitors, and it brought to mind such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and V, both in the look of the ship and in the ominously sinister tagline “They Do Not Come in Peace.” But this is no Steven Spielberg movie, as the Vicious Brothers are into making movies with a much more visceral approach. That should be plainly obvious with the still above, the first of several released before the film goes to the auction block at next month’s American Film Market.

Who are The Visitors? Aliens, duh. A group of college kids are having a party weekend at a cabin in the woods when they see a huge fireball fly through the sky and land somewhere in the forest surrounding them. This fireball is undoubtedly the source of whatever alien beings decide to come out and cause havoc for these stereotypical young people.

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The Visitors’ First Poster Warns That These Aliens Do Not Come In Peace

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the visitors poster
If I told you guys that the film advertised in the poster above was co-produced by a company named Abduction Films, could you figure out what it’s all about? Oh, you say the underside of a giant spaceship and the tagline “They Do Not Come In Peace” were already dead giveaways? Yeah, you’re right. The Visitors is a movie about aliens, and it will hopefully be one of the best movies about aliens that we’ve ever seen. I mean, the general hope behind any movie is that it will be the best, but this flick is being directed by the Vicious Brothers (Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz), the guys behind one of the best horror films of this millennium, and then some. But we’ll talk about them in a minute.