Warner Bros. Ready to Remake INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Again)

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Warner Bros. Ready to Remake INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Again)

In the studio world's constant quest to mine familiar IP, this one was inevitable, folks.

Deadline reported this afternoon that Warner Bros. has hired veteran producer John Davis (Predator, Alien vs. Predator, AND Predators!) to lead the development of a new adaptation of Jack Finney's 1954 novel "The Body Snatchers", with The Conjuring 2 scribe David Leslie Johnson along for the ride.

Davis is a man with a bazillion projects in development, so we'll just have to see how far this goes. Though in terms of sure bets this one should be firing on all cylinders.

If you're a reader of ScreenAnarchy than you are no doubt a fan of at least one of the four film adaptations that's been made from the source material in the last 60 years. Okay, scratch that. None of you are fans of 2007's botched The Invasion... right?

Philip Kaufman's 1978 take is one of my all-time favorite films, while Don Siegel's 1956 first take remains good fun, and Abel Ferrara's 1993 version is a curious detour that clunks out in the third act. I'll save folks a monologue on why a new take on this material could actually be worthwile in this day and age, and leave you with this: How would you feel about seeing Raw's Julia Ducournau in the director's chair?

If you've got thoughts of any kind on the matter at hand, chime in with a comment below!

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KurtJuly 20, 2017 10:10 AM

While they are at it, can they release the original (NON-WACHOWSKI-HACKED) Herschbiegel version of THE INVASION (i.e. Body Snachers 4) with Kidman/Craig? I would love to see what the quiet, subtle Director's cut version, you can certainly tell the difference between the Hercsbiegel parts of the film and the James McTeague reshoots.

wabaliciousJuly 20, 2017 11:55 AM

I'd totally forgotten about The Invasion, for obvious reasons. It's not the most memorable film ever made. I find it hilarious that WB would bring in the guys who made The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions in, along with the director of Ninja Assassin (!) to rework something that was made by the director of The Downfall. It beggars belief. It's like commissioning a great artist to do a portrait and then giving your pet monkey a paintbrush to finish it off. I can't remember anything about it apart from that Daniel Craig may have been knocked down by a car during the filming. What's been going on at WB for the last decade plus, they seem to be throwing their money down the drain hiring people like the Wachowskis and Guy Ritchie to make projects nobody in their right mind would want to see. King Arthur, for example; seriously, how was THAT supposed to start off a cycle of 7 films? It's just insane.

Ben UmsteadJuly 20, 2017 12:01 PM

Forget it, wabalicious, it's Bro-town.

Ben UmsteadJuly 20, 2017 12:02 PM

I second that KH.

wabaliciousJuly 20, 2017 12:19 PM

Hahaha, indeed. At some point we'll find out that there never was any head of production at WB, it was just a little machine spitting out random terrible ideas in a locked room.

Ben UmsteadJuly 20, 2017 6:21 PM

Like the idea balls that shoot out of pneumatic tubes and the manatees who organzie them into Family Guy episodes.

wabaliciousJuly 21, 2017 10:21 AM

Ha, i was just talking to a friend about that the other day, i couldn't remember what it was in until he reminded me it was in South Park. Honestly, i don't think that joke was that wide of the mark!