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Check out the poster for the original TV show in 1983. (Photo: NBC)

You may or may not remember the “arrival” of the 1983 cult sci-fi show that went by just one letter: V. “V” stands for visitors — the reptilian alien kind. If you don’t recall the original then perhaps you caught the 2009 reboot that ran for two seasons on ABC.

And now the story continues, with its original creator Kenneth Johnson returning to write and direct V the Movie, reports Deadline.

There’s no official release date, but it sounds like there’s more than one film in the works: “V (the movie) will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned,” Johnson said in a statement.

The original show kicked off with an invasion of Earth by aliens who looked like big lizards but disguised themselves as humans and acted all friendly. After seriously sucking up to the human race, slowly but surely, it came out that… well, humankind was more food than friend.

If you need a refresher, here’s a look back at how it all began. Marc Singer stars in the below clip:

The miniseries was so popular, in 1984 there was a follow-up called V: The Final Battle. Johnson handled the one-off sequel, but then he took a step back from the franchise.

In 1985, there was a full-fledged series that ran for two seasons; and, of course, the reboot in 2009, which left a number of big questions unanswered:

It’s not clear where V the Movie will pick up. But with Johnson at the wheel, it may make sense to backtrack to The Final Battle, where he left off. And let’s not forget that he also wrote a novel in 2008, V: The Second Generation, which is an alternative sequel to the 1983 series.

So there are plenty of potential starting points… anything is possible.

Where would you suggest the movie version start? 

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By Brigid Brown