With the upcoming 11th Season of the X-Files set to hit the tube early in the new year, it seem sci-fi fans are going to have more UFO content to dig into shortly. Deadline reports that Sony is currently working on a new UFO drama Rendlesham – inspired by true events:
The *real* UFO incident took place at a US air base close to the village of Rendlesham, Suffolk in 1980. Several people in the village’s small forest including a number of air force servicemen claimed to witness a glowing object in the sky before it flew off into the trees. The sighting was recorded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt in an official report that was made public in 1983 but was subsequently rubbished by other officers, leading to many conspiracy theories.
The series, which will revolve around a family in the area, is played out against the Cold War. It will feature dual timelines, one during the time of the sightings in 1980 and one in 2020, the anniversary of the event.
Doctor Who director and Da Vinci’s Demons writer Joe Ahearne is developing the UFO drama. He will write and direct. London-based producer Eleventh Hour Film will create the series and Sony’s international TV production is now attached. It will be executive produced by Ahearne, Green and Eleventh Hour’s Eve Gutierrez.
Ahearne said: “When Eleventh Hour Films drew my attention to this extraordinary piece of British and American history it pressed all my buttons and I think it will do the same for a wide audience.”
Garvie added: “The Cold War, Cruise Missiles, UFOs – Joe is taking extraordinary tales and giving them even more compelling twists. As a local lad, I can’t wait to see him bring his vision of Suffolk to the world.”