Monday, September 21, 2015

Betty & Barney Hill Alien Abduction Coming to Hollywood


The famous Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction case will soon be a major motion picture:

After the 1947 'Roswell Incident', America was gripped by UFO and alien fever. Thousands of terrified Earthlings began to report strange lights in the sky, but for the most part it seemed any 'aliens' up there were content to fly around ambiguously. Until September 19, 1961, that is.

On this day, Betty and Barney Hill - a couple from Portsmouth, New Hampshire - reported the first very case of alien abduction. The incident has since become one of the most famous abduction stories in UFO lore, and in many ways, provided the basis from which other stories would draw inspiration.

Despite this, the Hills have never had their bizarre tale told on the big screen, although all that is about to change. According to Gotham/Principal, one of the companies behind The Maze Runner films, Betty and Barney's story is about to be adapted into a live-action feature named Captured.

The film itself will be based on the 2007 tell-all book of the same name by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden, while the screenplay will be written by Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel - who are best known as veteran television writers.

Although the abduction story will form the central basis of the film, it will also explore the wider issues surrounding the case. Since Betty and Barney were an interracial couple, Gotham/Principal state the film will “place the events in a context of both Cold War paranoia and the country’s struggle over race relations.” Gotham/Principal producer Eric Robinson claimed in a press release:

"Captured is a true story that explores the birth of modern UFO lore through the eyes of the first Americans to report that they were kidnapped by aliens. This is an exciting story that is as intriguing, timely and ripe for adaptation today as it was 54 years ago when this incident occurred. We look forward to sharing Betty and Barney Hill’s incredible encounter with audiences all around the world." Read more at America's First 'Alien Abduction' To Finally Get Its Big Screen Debut

NOTE: Author Kathleen Marden's interest in UFOs dates back to September 20, 1961, when her aunt, Betty Hill phoned her nearby home to report that she and Barney had encountered a flying saucer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A primary witness to the evidence of the UFO encounter and the aftermath, Kathleen has intimate knowledge of the Hill’s biographical histories, personalities, and the previously unpublished historical files pertaining to their sensational story.

She is the author of three books, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction and Science Was Wrong: Startling Truths About Cures, Theories, and Inventions "They" Declared Impossible with nuclear physicist/scientific ufologist Stanton T. Friedman, and The Alien Abduction Files: The Most Startling Cases of Human Alien Contact Ever Reported with Denise Stoner.


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