Hey, I hate remakes as much as you do, but sometimes movies call out to be remade in the modern era. One of those films is John Carpenter’s They Live, which could be slightly retooled to be a political parable about our modern world. It’s really perfect and ideal and would be amazing.
But it’s not happening. Instead, Universal is making an adaptation of the short story upon which They Live was based, 8 O’Clock in the Morning, by Ray Nelson. Carpenter’s version took major liberties with the tale, wherein people realize there are aliens all around us that control our society, but the new version won’t take those same liberties. In other words, no glasses.
Matt Reeves, the guy who did an exacting remake of Let The Right One In and who directed Cloverfield, is on board to direct this. He’s not interested in using the story to examine the modern world, though.
“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 tells Deadline. “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.”
Those are good name drops, but I’m still dying to see the updated They Live. Adam McKay has told me he would love to remake that movie, and I think his sensibilities would be incredible for it. Imagine the 21st century version of Nada wading his way into a Tea Party rally…
In the meantime, Reeves is writing the film immediately. So stop calling him, he’s busy.