THEY LIVE to be Remade
According to the Hollywood Reporter, John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic THEY LIVE is getting the remake treatment. Universal and Strike Entertainment (Dawn of the Dead remake) are in the process of acquiring the rights to the film from Les Mougins who currently holds them with the same plan in mind. I have mixed feelings about the idea of remaking a film I’m very fond of.
Growing up, I was a big fan of its star, Roddy Piper, watching him wrestle at many live events. I remember being really excited when I heard Carpenter cast him in the movie. The story, sort of a reworking of Invasion of the Body Snatchers with strong social commentary, had Piper playing a down-on-his-luck homeless construction worker who stumbles onto a pair of special sunglasses which enable him to see the world as it is, with aliens controlling humanity.
While promoting the film in 1988 Piper used to say that Carpenter, who had met him while attending Wrestlemania 3 in Detroit, chose him for the role of John Nada because there were no real men left in Hollywood. Piper may have had a point! Even though I’m skeptical of most remakes, I can see an updated version, with its central themes of subliminal advertising and elitism, working present day. While the original film didn’t light the box-office on fire, it has garnered a very strong following on DVD and cable over the last twenty years, so should attract an audience. Piper’s infamous line in the film, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass and I’m all out of bubblegum” is classic. Carpenter will exec-produce the project. THEY LIVE TRAILER
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