Terry Matalas to Revamp Cult Sci-Fi Classic Enemy Mine

Terry Matalas, the showrunner who helmed the final season of Star Trek: Picard to critical acclaim, is set to revamp the 1985 cult sci-fi movie Enemy Mine for 20th Century Studios. The original film starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr.

Terry Matalas to Revamp Cult Sci-Fi Classic Enemy Mine

Bringing a Classic Back

The story of Enemy Mine, from a novella by Barry B. Longyear, revolves around a human pilot, portrayed by Dennis Quaid, and an alien soldier, played by Louis Gossett Jr., who crash land on a desolate planet. Forced to put aside their animosity, they work together to survive. As tensions rise, the human pilot must eventually care for the alien’s offspring.

For most of us science fiction writers, the dream is to see your work on the silver-screen, and in 1985, noted sci-fi author Barry B. Longyear was able to see his award-winning military sci-fi short-story in theaters with the movie Enemy Mine.

Terry Matalas to Revamp Cult Sci-Fi Classic Enemy Mine

Matalas Takes Helm After Success with Picard

Terry Matalas is no stranger to handling beloved franchises. He brought renewed vigor to Picard, injecting focused energy that saw its third season become a fan favorite. His tenure earned him a WGA nomination and praise from critics and fans alike. Macintosh, one such fan, said: I don’t understand why people keep complaining about Picard being nostalgia and fan service as if it’s a bad thing… I’ve been a fan for a long time and I like to be serviced occasionally.

Terry Matalas to Revamp Cult Sci-Fi Classic Enemy Mine

The Road Ahead

The original Enemy Mine was helmed by German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen after replacing Richard Loncraine during production, significantly increasing the budget and contributing to its initial box office failure. Despite its rocky start, it eventually became appreciated for its themes of tolerance and respect, gaining a cult following over the years. This newfound admiration is what likely led 20th Century Studios president Steve Asbell to bring Matalas on board.

Terry Matalas to Revamp Cult Sci-Fi Classic Enemy Mine

The original novella was published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine in 1979, winning the Nebula Award for Best Novella that same year. It was followed by two sequels and published as a trilogy titled The Enemy Papers. For Matalas, whose background includes creating and running shows like 12 Monkeys, this project marks his first major film deal post-Picard success.

A New Chapter Begins

No producers or directors have been attached yet, but excitement surrounds the potential resurgence of this classic story under Matalas’ vision. With his track record in science fiction and revitalizing legacy properties, fans are intrigued to see how he will reimagine this cult favorite for modern audiences.

Terry Matalas to Revamp Cult Sci-Fi Classic Enemy Mine

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