Matt Reeves to direct new take on They Live

News Simon Brew
12 Apr 2011 - 07:00

Cloverfield director Matt Reeves agrees to make a new version of the story that inspired the John Carpenter movie, They Live…

Tick another film off the list of John Carpenter's back catalogue as it heads to the remake chamber. This time, following the road trodden by the likes of The Fog, Assault On Precinct 13 and Halloween is They Live.

They Live is Carpenter's 1988 movie about a man who finds a very special pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the aliens that have taken over the Earth. The new version, though, is in the hands of Matt Reeves. Reeves has already tackled a relatively successful remake, in the shape of Let Me In, and he's also got Cloverfield on his CV, of course.

That said, Reeves isn't strictly doing a remake here. He's going back to the short story that inspired Carpenter, 8 O'Clock In The Morning by Ray Nelson, and using that as his foundation.

Talking to Deadline, Reeves said of the new project, "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 ... There could be a desperate love story at the centre 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 Snatchers or a Roman Polanski-style film."

Reeves is set to write and direct the film, and when we have more details on it, we'll give you a shout. Or, more likely, write about it on the Internet.


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