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Matt Reeves will write and direct a film based on the original source material for They Live

04.11.2011

What's next for CLOVERFIELD & LET ME IN director Matt Reeves? According to Deadline, it will be a project based on Ray Nelson's short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning. Does the source material sound familiar? Maybe some plot info will jog your memory:

"The story is about a man who awakens one morning with the crystal-clear realization that we are surrounded daily by the presence of aliens that are controlling society."

The short story was also basis for John Carpenter's 1988 film, THEY LIVE. If you remember, the way the aliens were revealed in that film were with special glasses. From what Deadline says, this will not be the case with Reeve's take on the material. So just in case you were wondering-- no, it is not a remake.

Reeves said that as soon as he read Nelson's short story, he knew this would be the inspiration for his next directorial effort, “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.” Reeves says that he will begin writing on the project immediately.

Of course, the director was also asked about a sequel to CLOVERFIELD. Reeves said it was still on the drawing board, “If we crack a story we all love, we’ll do it."

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Extra Tidbit: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Source: Deadline

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1:49PM on 04/12/2011
"It's not a remake of They Live, that's why we'll eventually call it They Live."
"It's not a remake of They Live, that's why we'll eventually call it They Live."
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8:56AM on 04/12/2011
Sounds good to me. Hope it is considerably different from They Live but he still manages to feature an epic hour-long fight scene.
Sounds good to me. Hope it is considerably different from They Live but he still manages to feature an epic hour-long fight scene.
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6:11AM on 04/12/2011
I will pay to see anything Matt Reeves does from now on. I loved the hell out of CLOVERFIELD, but was skeptical about LET ME IT, but that turned into a wonderful surprise: A remake of a foreign-language film that was almost as good as the original. How many films can you say that about? And I know it's heresy, but I don't like Carpenter's THEY LIVE anyway, so Go, Team Reeves, GO!
I will pay to see anything Matt Reeves does from now on. I loved the hell out of CLOVERFIELD, but was skeptical about LET ME IT, but that turned into a wonderful surprise: A remake of a foreign-language film that was almost as good as the original. How many films can you say that about? And I know it's heresy, but I don't like Carpenter's THEY LIVE anyway, so Go, Team Reeves, GO!
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1:20AM on 04/12/2011

My only disappointment...

... was that I was hoping to assert some creative control on the planned remake of "They Live" to use 3D glasses in an interactive, William Castle-like manner, where unfiltered "reality" would be in 3D along with the in-theater glasses. I'm glad to see that they're choosing to do a new adaptation instead of a remake, however.
... was that I was hoping to assert some creative control on the planned remake of "They Live" to use 3D glasses in an interactive, William Castle-like manner, where unfiltered "reality" would be in 3D along with the in-theater glasses. I'm glad to see that they're choosing to do a new adaptation instead of a remake, however.
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1:16AM on 04/12/2011

CAN YOU PEOPLE READ?

Uhh... it's not a remake fellas, it's a new take on the short story that They Live took from.

The movie is probably going to be drastically different with a few nods to the Carpenter classic, now calm your noodles.
Uhh... it's not a remake fellas, it's a new take on the short story that They Live took from.

The movie is probably going to be drastically different with a few nods to the Carpenter classic, now calm your noodles.
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1:21AM on 04/12/2011
Quite correct. Labeling this a remake of "They Live" is like saying Carpenter's "The Thing" is a remake. It's a whole new adaptation.
Quite correct. Labeling this a remake of "They Live" is like saying Carpenter's "The Thing" is a remake. It's a whole new adaptation.
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12:07AM on 04/12/2011
John Carpenter superior. Matt Reeves inferior.
Fuck this already.
John Carpenter superior. Matt Reeves inferior.
Fuck this already.
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11:39PM on 04/11/2011
I wish more projects would go back to square one on the [link] front. Like "Total Recall" could stand to be "We'll Remember it for you Wholesale," instead of riding the coattails of a celebrated cult classic.

I hope this is one and the same with the proposed "They Live" remake that planned on scrapping the glasses.
I wish more projects would go back to square one on the [link] front. Like "Total Recall" could stand to be "We'll Remember it for you Wholesale," instead of riding the coattails of a celebrated cult classic.

I hope this is one and the same with the proposed "They Live" remake that planned on scrapping the glasses.
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11:10PM on 04/11/2011

Okay, remakes suck in principle

but Let Me In was a great film, and I like his take on the original short story. I'm willing to give this a shot.
but Let Me In was a great film, and I like his take on the original short story. I'm willing to give this a shot.
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10:52PM on 04/11/2011
sounds cool.

sounds cool.

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9:30PM on 04/11/2011
I love They Live but I'm disappointed Reeves is wasting his talents on another remake. He needs another original project to show people what he can do or he'll be labeled that "remake guy". He deserves better.
I love They Live but I'm disappointed Reeves is wasting his talents on another remake. He needs another original project to show people what he can do or he'll be labeled that "remake guy". He deserves better.
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9:14PM on 04/11/2011

Wow! another remake ...what a surprise

I`ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...I`m all out of bubblegum.
I`ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...I`m all out of bubblegum.
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8:50PM on 04/11/2011

Can't Wait!!

Love this news. Will be waiting patiently for more news. Hope they find a very capable actor to hold us for the whole movie. And i agree that They Live is very underrated.
Love this news. Will be waiting patiently for more news. Hope they find a very capable actor to hold us for the whole movie. And i agree that They Live is very underrated.
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8:41PM on 04/11/2011

True Story

"They Live" holds a lot more water than people give it credit. Humans think they know it all, when in truth, we are fish in a bowl without any idea of what happens on the other side of the glass.

Finally, the possibility that we have been cultivated from an early age will be brought to the forefront.

Great news for humanity and moviegoers alike!
"They Live" holds a lot more water than people give it credit. Humans think they know it all, when in truth, we are fish in a bowl without any idea of what happens on the other side of the glass.

Finally, the possibility that we have been cultivated from an early age will be brought to the forefront.

Great news for humanity and moviegoers alike!
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