ROSWELL, NEW MEX­ICO

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Sea­son 1 | US The CW, 15 Jan | UK TBC

The lat­est early ’00s sci-fi se­ries get­ting re­vamped is Roswell, New Mex­ico. How­ever, this ver­sion is only loosely based on the Roswell High books and Ja­son Ka­tims’ TV adap­ta­tion.

Showrun­ner Carina Adly MacKenzie ad­mits to SFX that she came at the show with a strong aver­sion to just re­peat­ing what came be­fore. “I was wrap­ping up my run on The Orig­i­nals and they asked if I was in­ter­ested in re­vamp­ing

Roswell. I said no be­cause I didn’t want to do a teen su­per­nat­u­ral romance. But [ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] Julie Plec said I should pitch the show I wanted to do so I made the [char­ac­ters] all grown up. And the in­flu­ences I was feel­ing at the time were pol­i­tics, Twit­ter and a lot of mur­der pod­casts and doc­u­men­taries. So, I wanted to tell a small-town mur­der mystery, with aliens. [The CW] liked it so with this ver­sion, there are clas­sic sci-fi ideas and we’re flip­ping them, so we’re look­ing at Body

Snatch­ers, Step­ford Wives and alien au­top­sies.”

TB/AM

Henry Cav­ill al­ways wanted to be an elf.

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