Written by John Squires
We learned just a couple months back that Fox is currently developing a horror movie based on the very first documented haunted house, and now similar horrors are being plucked from the past in upcoming film Captured – inspired by the first documented tale of alleged alien abduction.
Per Variety, the horror film is based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, N.H., who said they were captured by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. The Hills — a black postal clerk and a white social worker — claimed they had been studied by extraterrestrials and then returned to Earth with missing memories that were later retrieved under hypnosis.
Bryce Zabel, creator of NBC’s series Dark Skies, will pen the script, using Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden’s book Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction as the basis for the feature film.
According to the website, producers plan to make the film in a context of both Cold War paranoia and the country’s struggle over race relations.
“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,” said Eric Robinson, who will also produce the film on behalf of Gotham/Principal. “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.”