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EXCL: The Nye Incidents, Making Aliens Scary Again
Source:Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor
May 14, 2009

Aliens of the black-eyed, sinewy variety have lost their edge.

"The visitors, the image of the Grays have been ruined by pop culture," balks Todd Lincoln. "Every day they're on t-shirts, skateboard decks and mudflaps."

He hopes to turn that all around when he directs and produces The Nye Incidents, a feature film adaptation of Devil's Due Publishing, Whitley Strieber ("The Hunger," "Wolfen") and Craig Spector's graphic novel that was set up last month at Dark Castle and Warner Bros.' horror outfit which produced House on Haunted Hill, Gothika and House of Wax. Lincoln, who has been attached to another Devil's Due property Hack/Slash, claimed dibs on the "Nye" film rights the minute Devil's Due founder Josh Blaylock introduced him to the property at Comic-Con.

"I was immediately terrified and hooked," Lincoln tells "I told [Josh] we should make this into a movie." At the time, the story - cooked up by Strieber, apparently too terrified to tell it himself so splatterpunk vet Spector was brought on board - was not entirely finished. Still, Lincoln optioned the property bringing in Dan Alter (Hitman) to co-produce. Dark Castle's Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman were subsequently pitched the story; they'll be producing as well alongside Joel Silver. "They immediately loved the material and dug the fact that it was based on true events. This woman had actually come to Whitley and these things had happened to her. Some other people had also come to him and he wove together certain incidences into a story."

The Nye Incidents focuses on Lynn Devlin, a medical examiner faced with the discovery of mutilated bodies on the rooftops of buildings around her county. "The bodies have these precise surgical incisions in them and all of the internal organs are missing," explains Lincoln, "the bones are completely crushed in the body which are filled with salt water from the ocean. This town is nowhere near the ocean. What all of these bodies have in common is these were people who were somehow in the alien abductee community. The core concept is someone or something is killing off these alien abductees. We don't know if it's a serial killer making it look like aliens did it or if it's the real thing."

Not quite so unusual ground for Whitley Strieber to tread upon. When it comes to "visitors," "Grays," or if you just want to call them "aliens," he's the go-to guy, an author who scribbled down his own alien abduction experiences in the non-fiction novel "Communion." (That book went on to become a film starring Christopher Walken.) He later went on to pen "Majestic," "The Communion Letters" and "The Grays." Since The Nye Incidents' film announcement, Lincoln's been in direct contact with Strieber.

"Whitley doesn't call aliens 'aliens' he calls them 'visitors' which I think sounds much scarier," says Lincoln. "With this subject, we want to get away from the go-to rural locations or outer space and really capture the terror of what a close encounter or abduction or mutilation would be like. The moment in Signs that everyone talks about is that home video footage of the birthday party and the alien quickly moves past the window. I want to do a whole movie that feels like that moment."

Lincoln continues that he's trying to eschew the archetypal CSI or X-Files formula audiences have grown accustomed to seeing with investigative thrillers. In fact, only the core concept of the "Nye" graphic novel is going to be used in the adaptation. "We're going to make it more about Lynn Devlin and steer clear of the larger conspiracy, cover-ups and the FBI and make it more about this individual who starts to see certain things and experience certain things. Capture how terrifying that would be. It's more about personal invasion and home invasion."

"This is going to be an entirely different take on these visitors," he adds. "Like how Jacob's Ladder had a nightmarish, different take on demons. The less we see, the less we know, the less explained, the better. The idea is to let the audience project their own worst fears onto this stuff. Growing up, I watched Communion and Fire in the Sky and I think the whole reason I'm so excited about this project is that I feel that we have the go to iconic horror movies for vampires, werewolves, slashers and zombies. I just feel like we don't have the go-to horror movie for these visitors. We're not treating this like sci-fi. We're taking this seriously. We're treating this like it's really happening and could happen to you."

Lincoln is also currently attached to another Dark Castle pic, The Apparition, which will throw him into another realm of horror, the supernatural. Expect to read more about Lincoln and his future endeavors here at soon!

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Posted by: idonotexist on May 14, 2009 at 17:42:57

this sounds really interesting. i'll be watching out for it.

Posted by: Matt Liebert on May 14, 2009 at 17:58:53

Hellz yes. I'm so down for this.

Posted by: spookydan on May 14, 2009 at 20:44:32

Congrats Todd! I cant wait to see it

Posted by: krypto on May 14, 2009 at 21:21:25

This sounds really cool. I am looking forward to this one!

Posted by: Movie_Jamie on May 14, 2009 at 23:08:12

I second all of the above comments...

Posted by: ZOMBlE on May 14, 2009 at 23:48:52

awwww man, my pants are all slimey after reading that juice

"The moment in Signs that everyone talks about..."

as i was reading that, im thinking to myself... "that part at the birthday party!"

lol that was really good


im so wet for it
oo baby lol

Posted by: A True Horror Fan on May 15, 2009 at 06:22:00

Yeah, cause SIGNS was a really scary movie. I'll think I'll pass. @ZOMBIE if your pants are slimey after reading that, I suggest you get out of your room more often!.

Posted by: nickkkkkkk on May 18, 2009 at 03:21:22

signs wasnt scary it was disturbing big difference @ A True Horror Fan..... as for me im being positive about this movie :)

Posted by: ZOMBlE on May 19, 2009 at 01:34:49

@A tru horror fan: thanks for the tip, but no need... i need to get out of the office is more like it.

Posted by: A True Horror Fan on May 20, 2009 at 05:18:46

@ZOMBIE, Sorry about that!. Yes, you definitely should get out of the "office" more often. I mean being that you're "so wet" for this movie. Maybe take out your girlfriend/"life partner" to dinner, so you can stop sliming your pants!. Hey, I'm only quoting what you wrote!. @nickkkkkkk what the hell was so disturbing about SIGNS!!?.

Posted by: OptimusPlump on May 20, 2009 at 16:08:03

I don't know about everyone else but when I hear some douche say the words "We're not treating this like Sci-fi, we're treating this seriously" I can't help but want to go round his house, ***** slap the **** and tell him to sit down and watch Alien, Battlestar, Lost, Predator etc....just because it's Sci-fi doesnt mean it will be ****, it's a badge of honour that anyone planning on making an Alien film should wear with pride. Well congratulations moron you just proved you won't have a clue what makes aliens scary because you are denying this kind of story it's roots that made them stick in everyones minds in the first place! The new Trek was pure sci-fi and that hasn't damaged it's box office takings much has it!

Posted by: ZOMBlE on May 20, 2009 at 22:50:33

@A True Horror Fan: Oh sorry about that!? i didnt know you took everything literally. i will re phrase it for you. I am xcited to see an alien movie done proper, with some good directing and a good vision. now stfu u stupid cxnt and show me your 'scary' story written and directed by you? thats right, you dont write or direct, you just sit on the fkn pc talking **** like you know something. continue hangin with the nooblets *****

Posted by: ZOMBlE on May 20, 2009 at 22:52:23

Optimus.. you and true horror fan should hang out and touch each other and talk about how awesome your ideas are.. wankers

Posted by: A True Horror Fan on May 21, 2009 at 04:26:02

@ZOMBIE: Wankers!?. Ha,ha are you from the UK by any chance?. I just love how you are defending a movie that you have'nt even seen, from a director who has'nt directed S@!t!. Hey, d!*khead what if this movie sucks?. Then you would've "slimed" your pants for nothing?. As for me and Optimus touching each other, why do'nt you take a flight to the US and touch me yourself!!!. By the way bring your Culture Club, George Michael, and Elton John CD's ( notice that these artist are all from the UK?) to set the mood!. I'll be waiting you cxnt!!!.

Posted by: Jetdeagon on May 21, 2009 at 09:41:35

Man, you guys are hilarious.
After reading the post then reading through all the comments I forgot a lot about what the post said because I was laughing so much.
More to the point of this non-scifi alien movie... regardless of how serious it is, aliens are science fiction, it's pretty much a part of the definition for alien, and besides once this comes out everyone will be referring to is as sci-fi so what's the big deal.

Posted by: MansBestFriend on May 21, 2009 at 23:09:59

i've been wrong before, but i've got a good feeling about this one... it does feel like the right time for a movie like this. curious to see how they'll handle it.

Posted by: deadlight79 on May 22, 2009 at 04:04:50

personally, i'm really anxious to see a new movie dealing with aliens... been a long wait from "Fire in the Sky". Also, I think a lot of fans of horror films would rather be disturbed than scared... or is that just me?

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