April 11, 2011

Matt Reeves Making New Film Based On The Short Story That Influenced They Live

Deadline reports Universal Pictures has hired Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) to write and direct a re-imaging of John Carpenter's They Live. Instead of remake they will be directly adapting the original short story 8 O' Clock In The Morning by Ray Nelson which influenced They Live. Strike Entertainment will produce, they made Zack Synder's Dawn of The Dead and The Thing prequel which is due out this fall. Reeves spoke on the film and gives insight on the direction they will be going. Fans of the original should rest easy as this will likely be a totally different film. This news likely puts Reeves out of the running to direct The Wolverine.

“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,” Reeves told me. “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.”

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