Obey, Consume, Remake: THEY LIVE is the next John Carpenter film up for a Reboot

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Obey, Consume, Remake:  THEY LIVE is the next John Carpenter film up for a Reboot
Proving that just about the entire library of John Carpenter directed films is up for being remade in this decade (The Thing is coming, albeit Escape from New York has been in development hell for years,) Universal has tapped Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves to wite and direct.  Many people seem to really dig is reboot of the Swedish vampire classic, but is Reeves ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum on this?  Will there be a nod to the epic street-fight to put on the glasses?  Will there be a wholeheartedly hilarious and gratuitous boob shot as the final image in the film?   And will the blunt Reganomics subtext be upgraded (a la Wall Street) to the post-Bush era economic climate?  Most importantly will it star The Rock, John Sena or Triple H?   Kidding aside, it appears that they are just using the basic story as a jumping off point, and it is safe to say that there is a lot of wiggle room to do something wholly original with this type of story.  The adaptation is going back to the Ray Nelson short story called "8 O'Clock in the Morning," (the original source material for John Carpenter's version, before Carpenter put his own spin on things.)  Even so, I hope they change the title, because, lets be honest, how much of a brand is They Live, really?  Stay tuned as this one develops, folks.

"I saw an opportunity to do a movie that was very point-of-view driven, a psychological science fiction thriller that explores this guy's nightmare," Reeves told me. "There could be a desperate love story at the center of this. Carpenter took a satirical view of the material and the larger political implication that we're being controlled. I am very drawn to the emotional side, the nightmare experience with the paranoia of Invasion of the Body Snatchers or a Roman Polanski-style film."

The Hollywood Reporter broke this story, here.  More details at HitFix here.
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MumplockApril 12, 2011 11:25 AM

This director is awful. Pure trash.

ornate12000April 12, 2011 1:06 PM

Agree 100%. The paragraph of Reeves description is depressing, none of the reasons why the first was so good.

J HurtadoApril 12, 2011 1:48 PM

Wow, Reeves seems as clueless about this material as David O Russell does about the Russ Meyer film.