Cloverfield Director Matt Reeves to Remake They Live (Sort Of)
04.14.11 by Ryan
Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, whose last movie was the American remake of the beloved, 2008 Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In, is adding another remake to his resume with his next project.
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has hired Reeves to write and direct an adaptation of the Ray Nelson short story "8 O’Clock in the Morning", which followed a man who awakens from hypnosis realizing that aliens are using subliminal means to control society. The story was used as inspiration for director John Carpenter's 1988 cult favorite They Live.
Only, unlike Carpenter's version, characters won't need to wear sunglasses to see the truth. Reeves revealed that his version will more closely follow the original Nelson story.
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.
Producer Eric Newman and Strike Entertainment originally tried to make a more literal They Live remake back back in 2008, with Newman expressing last October that he the script from D.B. Weiss would stray from Carpenter's version.
Reeves revealed that he will start writing immediately what could become his next directorial project, though a sequel to Cloverfield isn't completely off the table either. "If we crack a story we all love, we’ll do it," said Reeves.