They Live next Carpenter remake
Everything John Carpenter seems to be heading for the remake bin at the moment, The Fog, The Thing, Escape From New York, Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13 (Filmstalker review), and so on.
Now though it's really distressing news as word arrives that they're going to remake They Live.
"I've come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum…and I'm all outta bubblegum"
Back in July 2007 we heard that there was going to be a television series based on the They Live film which tells the story of a construction worker who discovers an amazing set of shades which suddenly reveal what has been hidden from him all this time – the government are subjecting the people to messages such as “Stay Asleep” and “Submit to Authority” and that there are aliens hidden among us. The construction worker has suddenly found his calling, and he heads off to start fighting his new found foe.
It's a great fun film, really enjoyable, and full of witty one liners. However, they're remaking it, and John Carpenter himself is going to serve as Executive Producer – a role that can mean two things, producing, or collecting the bills.
There's no other news from The Hollywood Reporter other than a slew of producers, which can't be good news either.
Okay, I could be doing this an injustice, there could be some good to be had in a remake of it, after all it was lower budget and the effects could look great with a make over, and the story could be something a bit bigger while still retaining that tongue in cheek aspect.
Yet there's still a part of me wondering why we're feeling the need to redo all of Carpenter's films. Any ideas? Can you see some reasoning why these would make a better film these days? Or is it just for the box office returns?