I have come here to chew bubblegum and remake movies… and I’m all out of bubblegum. Will John Carpenter be the first director to have his entire filmography remade — while he is still alive, no less? It certainly looks that way. With Halloween, The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 all getting updates over the past few years, and new versions of Escape from New York and The Thing also supposedly in development, now we have yet another one to add to the list: They Live starring Rowdy Roddy Piper.
The original came out back in 1988 and like most Carpenter films, wasn’t that well received theatrically, but found a cult following on video. The story revolves around a construction worker (Piper) who finds a pair of sunglasses that reveal the fact that many of the world’s politicians are actually aliens in disguise, controlling the human population with subliminal messages. Universal and Strike Entertainment are the ones currently in talks to acquire the rights, under producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Children of Men, Slither, Dawn of the Dead). A writer and director have yet to be named, but Abraham and Newman do have some great films under their belt including Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, so maybe they will actually do something cool with this. What would you like to see in a They Live remake?