Matt Reeves Not Quite Remaking They Live

Posted by April 11, 2011 Comment

Propeller beanies on, my fellow nerds.

Now. Matt Reeves didn’t quite remake Let The Right One In, instead adapting the original novel, and fairly liberally at that. He’s even less about to remake John Carpenter‘s Marxism-meets-WWE-meets-The Twilight Zone action satire, They Live.

Carpenter’s film isn’t a close adaptation of Ray Nelson’s short story Eight O’Clock In The Morning, but it does keep at least the central situation: a character finds out that the world is secretly being run by an unseen alien species. Carpenter added the dark glasses and bubblegum.

According to Deadline, Reeves was given the original Nelson story to read by the story’s Hollywood rights holders and quickly set his heart on making an adaptation of his own. Reeves said:

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 center 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.

Shepard Fairey can’t probably rest easy that he won’t be needed for the poster campaign, then.

I am very drawn to the satirical side, but I’ll turn out for the emotional. Let’s just see what Reeves does with it. Incidentally, I’ve started a stopwatch to see how long it takes somebody to reference The Adjustment Bureau.

Reeves says he is about to start writing “immediately”. I like that. Keen.

(Last Updated April 11, 2011 4:25 pm )