You won’t see the iconic image above appearing in a re-make (at least, we don’t think you will…Hollywood is an indecisive bitch). Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, is on board for a They Live-related flick, but it likely won’t resemble John Carpenter‘s cult classic.
Deadline reported Monday that Reeves has signed on with Universal Pictures to re-adapt the classic Ray Nelson short story “8 O’Clock in the Morning,” about a man who awakes one morning and realizes that the entire world is under the control of unseen aliens. They Live is an adaptation of the same story, but Carpenter changed a good many things, including those special glasses the freedom fighters required to see the aliens as they truly were. As such, Reeves’ flick is not considered a remake, but a new adaptation of old source material.
“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 said. “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 Snatchersor a Roman Polanski-style film.”
Thank Zombie Jesus. We’ve already butchered more than one John Carpenter franchise with remakes/sequels/rebrandings. This man has earned the right to keep his body of work untouched, and Reeves has found a way around that. Now if we can only find a way to keep them off Snake Plissken and Escape From New York.