Cloverfield director tackles They Live
Matt Reeves is about to start work on a remake of John Carpenter's The Live, although to be fair he's not, it's just that one article claims he is while the other doesn't. Just like Let Me In the writer and director is going to be going back to the source material to create his own vision of the story.
They Live was based on the short story by Ray Nelson called 8 O'Clock in the Morning, and this is the story that Reeves will adapt for his next film.
The story, like the excellent They Live from John Carpenter, tells the story of a man who wakes up one morning and discovers that he's part of a controlled society. Not much surprise there, but the big bit is that the world is being controlled by aliens.
They Live used the idea that all the aliens used special sunglasses to see each other and the hidden messages and alien artefacts throughout the world, the hero of the film, Rowdy Roddy Piper, puts one of these sets of glasses on and suddenly sees the world around him for what it is.
The good news from Deadline is that this won't be a remake of They Live and will go back to the original story. I say that's good because I enjoyed the original film so much.
Here's what Reeves said about the film:
"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...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 Snatchers or a Roman Polanski-style film."
That sounds really interesting, and I do think there's a lot of scope for a story to develop there, much more than just saying there's a remake of They Live. My only concern is the comment I left out in the middle of that statement from Reeves, the one where he says that there could be a desperate love story at the centre of the film.
Now that could mean anything, and in the hands of Matt Reeves I'm not too concerned, but with anyone else I'd be worried the interesting part of the story was about to be overshadowed by some sickly sweet Hollywood story line. This could be an interesting remake.