The Body Snatchers are going to make a return in all their howling and shrieking glory. This time, they’re being brought to Earth by Warner Bros. Studios. First confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. will be bringing us an Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake with producer John Davis, who produced Chronicle, and written by David Leslie Johnson, who attained success with The Conjuring 2.
The premise of this story, which was first a 1954 book by Jack Finney, centers around the idea of aliens invading the planet and replacing people with identical copies. They spread from person to person with the hopes of replacing everyone in the area with one of their own (the Skrulls in Marvel Comics were most assuredly inspired by this premise). It was working off the Red Scare of the Cold War and dealt with the fear of communism and sleeper spies.
Body Snatchers was a pioneer of the sci-fi horror genre of film when it first adapted to the screen in 1956, starring Dana Winters and Kevin McCarthy and directed by Don Siegel. Where many other films of the time focused on monsters that were far removed from humanity, being mutated animals, robots, or aliens, Body Snatchers brought an alien threat that looked deceptively human and focused on that similarity.
It was remade by Philip Kaufman in 1978 and starred Brooke Adams, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, and Leonard Nimoy. This is the more famous version, with the iconic pointing and shrieking faces that we’ve come to know and love.
A release date hasn’t been announced yet, and a director and the cast are still up in the air. However, this is a pretty exciting prospect. There is a lot that can be done with this premise, and it could very easily tap into the rising fear of immigrants in the Western world that has seen people ready to block up the borders in the United States.
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