They Live remake next year?
There was talk of a television series of They Live back in 2007, and then in 2008, when John Carpenter films began getting the remake treatment, a film version of They Live came up again. Now though, it seems like it might be a year away.
Producer Eric Newman, who worked on The Thing remake, revealed that he's working on a film "in the They Live universe", as he puts it, which surely means a remake, and that it could be happening next year.
Right now it sounds as though they are just banding around ideas and trying to iron out how it would work in real life, and it's far from anything concrete, however they might change something that's fundamental to the film, the sunglasses.
You see the story for They Live is that aliens have occupied Earth for a very long time, and they've already conquered humanity by using subliminal messages to appease and enslave us. These messages play out on advertising everywhere and the same technology is used to make us think they look just like us. Life goes on.
Except when one man gets hold of a special pair of sunglasses that the aliens use and look through them at the real world he discovers the secret and heads out on a mission to bring them down and reveal the secret to the world. That man is Rowdy Roddy Piper, the ex-wrestler.
It's a cracking film and gives me one of my favourite quotes of all time:
"I've come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of bubblegum"
Now that's straight from memory so it may be slightly embellished by years of saying it, but that's how I remember it and I'm not looking it up.
So a remake of They Live? Well io9 through Latino Review grabbed a few moments with the producer Eric Newman and managed to find out some of the story, although to be fair not that much and remember this is really early in the production.
"We've talked about They Live. And we've been developing something sort of in the They Live space. I'm hoping that's something we can get into next year...we're trying to figure out where in the schedule it's going to go. We're hoping next summer. It would be a great movie to make."
It would be, if you could make it work without totally treading on the toes of the original, and for me that is the problem with a lot of the classic John Carpenter films, the hero was very much of the time, it's hard to bring him to life these days, or find a modern character that fits well in that space.
Then comes the shocker, well not really because they are just working on ideas at the moment:
"Q: Are you going to keep the whole sunglasses aspect to it? A: We're discussing that. I'd like to say that really, a vagrant wandering around the streets could get you to try on his sunglasses, if he would leave you alone afterwards. He may even pay you $100, "Hey put these on." So we're kind of exploring different versions of what is that thing that allows you to see. But I'm not going to tell you what it is...
...It might be something different than sunglasses."
So what could it be? Well you could start thinking anything really, but it is early days and although Newman reveals they have a writer with Dan D.B. Weiss, they still sound like they're working on the high level concept and the writing hasn't begun. Early days.
Personally I like the idea of the sunglasses, or glasses in general, but there has to be something that suddenly enables him to see the world with new eyes. Oh no, not an eye transplant.