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They Live remake without the glasses? What's next, no bubblegum?

10.11.2010

This may be sacrilege among horror fans who are partial to HALLOWEEN and THE THING, but I think THEY LIVE might be my favorite John Carpenter movie. It's at least battling for a spot with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and the two previously mentioned films. So I was obviously hesitant when I heard they're working on a THEY LIVE remake. But now my hesitance has turned into outright anger as producer Eric Newman told io9 that they're considering making the film without the trademark sunglasses.

Without the glasses? That's the whole point of the film! Newman said, "We're kind of exploring different versions of what is that thing that allows you to see. But I'm not going to tell you what it is...It might be something different than sunglasses."

There was no real reason given though reading between the lines, they seem to want to both modernize the tale while giving it a little extra dose of reality. I think in a world where 3D has gone mad, using glasses would be a still-relevant touch. And the reluctance of people to try on sunglasses from a crazy homeless guy is exactly what leads to Rowdy Roddy Piper fighting Keith David for five minutes!

Let's hope cooler heads prevail and they can keep the sunglasses in the film. Otherwise it'd be like TRON: LEGACY without the identity discs...

Source: io9

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11:00AM on 10/12/2010

FAIL.

They're cutting out the glasses, but it'll probably be some webcam feed and the new single by Hinder or Disturbed.

Fuck this, I'm out.
They're cutting out the glasses, but it'll probably be some webcam feed and the new single by Hinder or Disturbed.

Fuck this, I'm out.
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2:20AM on 10/12/2010
HMMM? I don't know about this. I'd rather have a sequel with Roddy returning! No sunglasses is also a STUPID idea! Guess we will see!
HMMM? I don't know about this. I'd rather have a sequel with Roddy returning! No sunglasses is also a STUPID idea! Guess we will see!
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12:42AM on 10/12/2010

Hey chill

This is not the worst case...the new Bourne film has no Bourne in it.
This is not the worst case...the new Bourne film has no Bourne in it.
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10:21PM on 10/11/2010
The glasses will be replaced by an IPhone4 thats also used for frequent status updates
The glasses will be replaced by an IPhone4 thats also used for frequent status updates
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8:48PM on 10/11/2010

They Live was good

but nothing compares to "Hell Comes to Frogtown"!!! Rowdy Roddy Piper at his best!!!

I think 'Frogtown' should have got it on with 'Cherry 2000'....
but nothing compares to "Hell Comes to Frogtown"!!! Rowdy Roddy Piper at his best!!!

I think 'Frogtown' should have got it on with 'Cherry 2000'....
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8:38PM on 10/11/2010

NO SUNGLASSES IN THEY LIVE!?!

Whats next a prequel to THE THING about those crazy Sweds? Oh wait.
Whats next a prequel to THE THING about those crazy Sweds? Oh wait.
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6:01PM on 10/11/2010
Cold war's over, where's the social commentary gonna come from?
Cold war's over, where's the social commentary gonna come from?
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8:35PM on 10/11/2010
It's about greed and power and how people will sell out their own for a taste of the good life. The movie depicts the wealthy (aliens) using the working class (humans) as slaves. I just rewatched THEY LIVE over the weekend and you'd be surprised how well the Political Commentary holds up. Keith David has a line about the Government 'bailing out' the Steel industry and the executives useing the money to give themselves a raise and then there's all the terrorism referances in the movie as well
It's about greed and power and how people will sell out their own for a taste of the good life. The movie depicts the wealthy (aliens) using the working class (humans) as slaves. I just rewatched THEY LIVE over the weekend and you'd be surprised how well the Political Commentary holds up. Keith David has a line about the Government 'bailing out' the Steel industry and the executives useing the money to give themselves a raise and then there's all the terrorism referances in the movie as well with the revolutionaries (humans) being treated as a terrorist cell by those in power (aliens).
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4:01PM on 10/11/2010
To be fair to the remake... there wasn't gum in the original. He was out, remember?
To be fair to the remake... there wasn't gum in the original. He was out, remember?
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4:26PM on 10/11/2010
Yeah so he kicked ass. That was what I was getting at. If they lose sunglasses, I might be out of bubblegum and have to kick some ass. Sorry if that didn't translate.
Yeah so he kicked ass. That was what I was getting at. If they lose sunglasses, I might be out of bubblegum and have to kick some ass. Sorry if that didn't translate.
6:45PM on 10/11/2010
Ah, Sorry Sampson. Let's hope you don't run out of gum over this misunderstanding!
Ah, Sorry Sampson. Let's hope you don't run out of gum over this misunderstanding!
3:25PM on 10/11/2010
I hope they replace the sunglasses with monocles...those are classy.
I hope they replace the sunglasses with monocles...those are classy.
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2:39PM on 10/11/2010
It will tank badly just like Let me In!
It will tank badly just like Let me In!
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2:21PM on 10/11/2010
I usually try to be pretty open-minded concerning remakes, but if they change the sunglasses bit, these assholes won't be getting a dime of my money.
I usually try to be pretty open-minded concerning remakes, but if they change the sunglasses bit, these assholes won't be getting a dime of my money.
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1:58PM on 10/11/2010
No sunglasses = BULLSHIT!!!
No sunglasses = BULLSHIT!!!
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1:49PM on 10/11/2010
Glasses is what made that movie. I bet the story will be about him watching a 3D movie and deciding to keep the glasses and wear them all the time. Then he starts seeing all the freaky alien shit with them. :
Glasses is what made that movie. I bet the story will be about him watching a 3D movie and deciding to keep the glasses and wear them all the time. Then he starts seeing all the freaky alien shit with them. :
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1:39PM on 10/11/2010
ok ok... normally I defend remakes because nothing has been made that really offends me. But THIS?! This is a bridge too far. I am officially angry
ok ok... normally I defend remakes because nothing has been made that really offends me. But THIS?! This is a bridge too far. I am officially angry
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1:37PM on 10/11/2010
They're going to explore whatever tech prop that would allow them a hefty product placement budget. A cell phone, or an ipod, or something Apple related.
They're going to explore whatever tech prop that would allow them a hefty product placement budget. A cell phone, or an ipod, or something Apple related.
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8:46PM on 10/11/2010
BLUETOOTH!!
BLUETOOTH!!
1:35PM on 10/11/2010
Come on, Maaan . . . I don't know why remake news still gets to me at times. It's inevitable, I guess. Maybe the only people who can see the intruders will be those who are trying to quit smoking. Oh . . . wait . . .
Come on, Maaan . . . I don't know why remake news still gets to me at times. It's inevitable, I guess. Maybe the only people who can see the intruders will be those who are trying to quit smoking. Oh . . . wait . . .
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12:42PM on 10/11/2010

You would think, in this 3d-happy environment -

- that a THEY LIVE remake, with the audience putting on 3D glasses with the hero and seeing the "real" world in 3D, would be a no-brainer. TRON LEGACY is doing something similar; start the film in 2D, start with segments in 3D and then have the rest of the film in 3D. You could have 2D segments of THEY LIVE in 3D until they get their permanent contacts, and audiences would know when to keep the glasses on.
- that a THEY LIVE remake, with the audience putting on 3D glasses with the hero and seeing the "real" world in 3D, would be a no-brainer. TRON LEGACY is doing something similar; start the film in 2D, start with segments in 3D and then have the rest of the film in 3D. You could have 2D segments of THEY LIVE in 3D until they get their permanent contacts, and audiences would know when to keep the glasses on.
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12:13PM on 10/11/2010
If they do something totally lame and use contact lenses or something, I'm boycotting. That better not be a "modern twist".


Oh and Mike: They Live > The Thing = Sacrelige!!
If they do something totally lame and use contact lenses or something, I'm boycotting. That better not be a "modern twist".


Oh and Mike: They Live > The Thing = Sacrelige!!
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10:50AM on 10/11/2010
I just finally saw this recently. The only reason I'm not saying this is a bad idea is that I found the satirical edge as relevant now as it was then. These guys are construction workers, and more than a lot of areas, these guys are the ones out of work these days, without the money to relocate. Meanwhile, AIG is giving themselves million-dollar bonuses. And all the big corporations and banks AREN'T run by aliens?

But yeah, they need the damn glasses. Just don't try to recreate that awesome
I just finally saw this recently. The only reason I'm not saying this is a bad idea is that I found the satirical edge as relevant now as it was then. These guys are construction workers, and more than a lot of areas, these guys are the ones out of work these days, without the money to relocate. Meanwhile, AIG is giving themselves million-dollar bonuses. And all the big corporations and banks AREN'T run by aliens?

But yeah, they need the damn glasses. Just don't try to recreate that awesome fight scene, because they will fail.
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10:37AM on 10/11/2010
NO!!!!!
NO!!!!!
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10:05AM on 10/11/2010
i figured they would want to keep the glasses and make it 3D.
i figured they would want to keep the glasses and make it 3D.
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9:47AM on 10/11/2010

Ahhhh.... memories

I remember the first time seeing that fight scene between Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David on cable...I was twelve years old and it was the first time I cussed in front of dad...After the fight was over, I screamed, "That was fucking awesome!!"...my dad didn't even notice..he just replied, "Fuck yeah it was." lol..
I remember the first time seeing that fight scene between Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David on cable...I was twelve years old and it was the first time I cussed in front of dad...After the fight was over, I screamed, "That was fucking awesome!!"...my dad didn't even notice..he just replied, "Fuck yeah it was." lol..
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9:20AM on 10/11/2010

Totally called this

I was watching THEY LIVE a couple months back for the 1000th time and said to my friend, "I bet they remake this someday but with a cameraphone instead of glasses or something dumb like that."

Freaking Hollywood.
I was watching THEY LIVE a couple months back for the 1000th time and said to my friend, "I bet they remake this someday but with a cameraphone instead of glasses or something dumb like that."

Freaking Hollywood.
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9:20AM on 10/11/2010
They Live wasn't meant to be a masterpiece. It's a cheeseball sci-fi tribute to cheeseball sci-fi. There's not much room for improvement unless you go even more over the top.
They Live wasn't meant to be a masterpiece. It's a cheeseball sci-fi tribute to cheeseball sci-fi. There's not much room for improvement unless you go even more over the top.
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9:17AM on 10/11/2010
I actually thought this movie sucked, I never understood the fascination with it. Its an interesting premise however I'm sure could be done alot better.
I actually thought this movie sucked, I never understood the fascination with it. Its an interesting premise however I'm sure could be done alot better.
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9:08AM on 10/11/2010

hmm

A director doesn't need a big budget to be creative.
Carpenter, like Craven, is past his prime. That's all.
A director doesn't need a big budget to be creative.
Carpenter, like Craven, is past his prime. That's all.
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9:15AM on 10/11/2010
I should have phrased better in my post. I believe Carpenter needs the money for better effects more than creativity. With the budgets he gets these days, his films generally look too made for tv. I reckon a better budget would allow him to achieve his desired effect rather than cutting corners.

He may be past his prime (haven't seen the ward yet so can't judge that), but I'd rather see Carpenter have one last shot at a major release, than a remake of something of his from his prime.
I should have phrased better in my post. I believe Carpenter needs the money for better effects more than creativity. With the budgets he gets these days, his films generally look too made for tv. I reckon a better budget would allow him to achieve his desired effect rather than cutting corners.

He may be past his prime (haven't seen the ward yet so can't judge that), but I'd rather see Carpenter have one last shot at a major release, than a remake of something of his from his prime.
8:58AM on 10/11/2010

I'm banging my head against a wall right now!

I was wondering how long it'd be till this. I'm really not a happy Carpenter fan.

Without the glasses it'll no doubt be an Iphone advert, guy finds an iphone with an app that shows people for what they are when viewed through the camera. Not interested in this!!!

Stop remaking Carpenter films and give Carpenter a better budget to be creative again. Rather than imitate his work, pay up and get the real deal!
I was wondering how long it'd be till this. I'm really not a happy Carpenter fan.

Without the glasses it'll no doubt be an Iphone advert, guy finds an iphone with an app that shows people for what they are when viewed through the camera. Not interested in this!!!

Stop remaking Carpenter films and give Carpenter a better budget to be creative again. Rather than imitate his work, pay up and get the real deal!
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3:13PM on 10/11/2010
good call on the app. I bet thats the way they go.
good call on the app. I bet thats the way they go.
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