Twentieth Century Fox has announced Jeff Nichols as the new writer and director for its Alien Nation remake, Deadline is reporting.

Nichols is the writer/director of Midnight Special, Mud, and Loving. Last year, 20th Century Fox had Art Marcum and Matt Holloway writing the remake (see “'Alien Nation' Remake Gets Writers”).

The 1988 film, which spawned a 1989 TV series told the story of two mismatched LA cops, one a racist human, and the other a member of an alien race whose ship crash-landed on Earth.

DC Comics produced a comic book adaptation of the film, and later, Malibu Comics produced several spin-off titles.