Cloverfield director Matt Reeves to remake They Live

He's all out of bubblegum…

Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is writing and directing a remake of John Carpenter's 1988 cult favourite, They Live, for Universal.

That film was based on short story Eight O'clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson, and focused on a nameless drifter played by former WWF/E star Rowdy Roddy Piper.

He turns up in LA, and thanks to the discovery of a pair of magic sunglasses, he discovers that advertisements are sending out rather unsubtle subliminal messages, and perhaps more worryingly, that aliens are walking among us in disguise.

Little is known about Reeves' remake right now, but he'll have a job reaching the cheesy highs of the original: can he possibly match the fight scene between Piper and Keith David?

It could also be difficult finding a lead who could deliver the immortal "bubblegum" line with Piper's bravado…

Reeves has other projects lined up, including The Invisible Woman and a possible Cloverfield sequel, but it looks like this'll be first out of the gate.

Should They Live be left well alone, or do you think it could benefit from an update? You know where to comment...


    • badger86

      Apr 12th 2011, 12:05

      dalidab1982- i'm not a matt reeves fan, but at what makes you so sure it will be in the style of cloverfield? The guy has made two films the second is as far removed from cloverfield as your gonna get. i see no suggestion that this proposed 'they live' remake will be anything like cloverfield. and whats that about him being poised to p**s on Godzilla? Gareth Edwards is set to helm the american reeboot, not matt reeves. Or are you saying cloverfield was a godzilla rippoff?

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    • BruceShark

      Apr 12th 2011, 14:13

      "What's being made at the moment. Remake, remake, remake, rehash, rehash, rehash, reboot, reboot, reboot." "Anything original on the go." "f**k off this is HOLLYWOOD."

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    • Tristana

      Apr 12th 2011, 17:10

      Wow. Another pointless remake. What a surprise, Hollywood. The original is a cool b-movie. There is nothing bad about that. It can't get any better, they are just going to ruin a great cult film. If you have no original ideas, STOP MAKING MOVIES.

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