Andes’ Ucumar in new TV Series

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 4th, 2005

Ooops, I meant “new TV movie,” of course. This is a television film directed by Fred Wolf, who co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Gaulke.

Look for Bigfoot hunting to be the next wave in fictional television productions. First out of the gate: "Strange Wilderness" in 2006. The television movie would join the growing ranks of new television series with cryptozoological themes, like "Surface" on NBC-TV.

The plot for "Strange Wilderness" has two "animal enthusiasts" heading to the Andes in search of Bigfoot to boost the ratings of a show in trouble, which, of course, is named "Strange Wilderness."

Perhaps someone has done a bit of research for this one. The Andes do harbor a Bigfoot-type creature like our North American Bigfoot. In fact, the South American variety in the Andes looks exactly like Bigfoot in the USA and Canada.

The Andean kind had their first major sightings around the time the Bigfoot name was being born at Bluff Creek, California. In 1957, near Tolor Grande, Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes named the Curu-Curu Mountains, villagers reported the Ukumar-zupai. In May 1958, sightings occurred in the Cordilleras, near Rengo, Chile. Seventeen inch footprints are mentioned and encounters with large hairy bipeds.

As I wrote, along with coauthor Patrick Huyghe, in our forthcoming updated, indexed, and 2006 published book, The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates: "Today, stories of these hairy giants, often called ucumar, are still heard in Argentina. While visiting the mountainous regions of northern Argentina in 1979, the anthropologist Silva Alicia Barrios was told that the ucumar, or ucu, often screamed at cows and chickens and liked to eat payo, a cabbage-like plant."

Hopefully the scriptwriters will call the creatures Ucumar or Ucu, not Bigfoot!

The light comedy is set to star the recognizable funny men, Steve Zahn [played Al Giordino in Sahara (2005) and Wayne Lefessier in Saving Silverman (2001)] and Allen Covert [Ten Second Tom in 50 First Dates (2004)].

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman

Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct).

Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015.

Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.


2 Responses to “Andes’ Ucumar in new TV Series”

  1. Melissa responds:

    Well – I will watch for it – and will watch the show, right up until they start making fun of the research, if that happens I will tune out.

    Im all for TV shows or movies that discuss the issue.

  2. TemplarKnight21c responds:

    Ditto. We’ll be watching it here for sure, though the news of sightings in the Andes is sort of news to me (I don’t get out much.) Sounds pretty good.




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