One of the most fascinating stories of alien abduction was documented in the 1993 film, Fire in the Sky. The movie, which still has a large following, is based on the story of Travis Walton. Since his experience the former logger has been interviewed and questioned extensively about his experience. While some skeptics scoff at the idea of aliens, Walton has stood by his story for more than two decades, including authoring a book of his encounter. I spoke with Walton at Scarefest about his life after the event. You can learn more about him on his website as well as order a copy of his intriguing book.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions. What are you up to nowadays?
Well, I retired from the steel workers union so I have a lot more time to do conventions and things like this, so I’ve been doing a lot of these lately. I hadn’t really done any events like this until about two years ago.
How has the reception been so far?
It’s been really positive. It’s strange because the movie, Fire in the Sky, came out over twenty years ago and yet it seems like it’s bigger than ever. There’s been interest in a remake and my book is being made into a graphic novel so there’s a whole lot of things going on.
Were you happy with the movie’s portrayal of what happened to you?
Well I’m happy that the movie was made because it caused people to look at the facts of what happened. You know, they started taking it more seriously and really look into what happened.
What do you think of a remake?
I would love to see one. I think it would be great to have one that tells the story more accurately. Actually the most accurate telling was the episode of SyFy’s Paranormal Witness. They did a special episode which was a 90 minute look at my case.
Have you been involved in another other television or entertainment recently?
There’s a lot of weird stuff going on, I did an episode where I took the Kardashians to Area 51. [Laughs] I did it a few weeks ago and it will air soon.
Have you had many people approach you who have had similar experiences as you?
Yes I have. Not everybody who comes up to me has actually experienced the same thing I did, but there are quite a few really solid cases out there as well as few that are, you know, just something else entirely.
Now you mentioned a remake, have you heard anything concrete about one being made?
Well several studios are looking at it but we don’t have anything solid yet. I’d love to see it and to be a part of one.
You’d like to be in it?
[Laughs] No not acting, but I’d love to be a part of it being made to help with the facts of what happened.
What were the differences between what happened to you and how it was portrayed in the movie?
Well you know, it’s a movie and they take their liberty to decide what is important and what isn’t. It happens with any adaptation from print to film so it’s to be expected. That’s one of the reasons I would love to see a remake.
During your experience, were you communicated with in any way?
Not at all. Of course I was asking questions but there was no answer. There wasn’t any telepathic communication that I was aware of either.