Chewing Bubblegum and Kicking Ass on TV?

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)
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Could there be truth to the rumour (yes very much a rumour at this stage) that John Carpenter's cultish sci-fi satire They Live will make its way to the small screen in the form of a Sci-Fi Channel series? Former wrestler and star of the film Roddy Piper dropped a little tidbit to Empire Magazine (the exact text of which I'm struggling to find online) indicating something is on the go; and that he would like to be involved with whatever that is.

The Reaganomics intrinsic in the 1988 film is pertinent enough (although it seems almost quaint 20 years later with Fox News and the Bushes) to take in a serious light -- in a way similar to post-911 fodder regularly churned on Battlestar Galactica. But really, it was the sunglasses, out-of-the-blue one-liners and that crazy (seemingly endless) improvised fist fight that have kept this one a fan favorite as much as the subtext. If a series ever goes ahead, it could be fun in a War of the Worlds TV series sort of way.

[Source: Moviehole and Empire via Filmstalker]

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Rhythm-XJuly 20, 2007 9:35 PM

This film's never been more pertinent than it is today. That screenshot may as well be from a 2007 White House press conference. One of Carpenter's most underrated films, without a doubt.

Richard BruntonJuly 20, 2007 10:33 PM

Rhythm-X, I totally agree. Someone has already translated the idea into a nice little doctored JPG.

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CaterpillarJuly 21, 2007 12:27 AM

So long as they don't let Carpenter direct any of the episodes this might work out.

JoaquinJuly 21, 2007 4:23 AM

So long as they don't let Carpenter direct any of the episodes this might work out?

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?! Carpenter came up with the story and is an experienced filmmaker, so that statement just makes no sense whatsoever. Can you elaborate?

jandrewJuly 21, 2007 4:28 AM

Agreed that it has potential to be awesome. Unfortunately Joaquin, Carpenter's last couple of projects have been awful (Ghosts of Mars, Cigarette Burns). Don't get me wrong though, he's still an incredible dude who I'm not counting out..

ZehirsizJuly 21, 2007 5:42 AM

I remember reading this on the Empire magazine.There was a short interview with Roddy Piper, and he was saying that he had talked with Carpenter about this on telephone.As far as i remember this project should be in the early talking periods, there is nothing concrete yet. If my memory doesn't betray me, Piper also said that his character would be a little different than the film ,akin the lines of a more seasoned and warmer guy.

HoJuJuly 25, 2007 6:23 AM

I love the original movie. But I hope if they do go ahead with this they keep the wrestling moves to a minimum.