They Live Remake Still in the Works But Without the Sunglasses
This is a travesty! How can you remake John Carpenter's cult classic They Live without the sunglasses? If you don't know what we're talking about, maybe you should pick up a copy of They Live on DVD and see for yourself. A remake of They Live was first announced way back in 2008 and hasn't been mentioned since. At the NY Comic-Con, sci-fi site io9 caught up with producer Eric Newman (also of The Thing prequel) and got some details out of him about the remake, including who's writing - D.B. Weiss. But apparently HBO's "Game of Thrones" has kept him too busy to get into this, but he says "he's an old friend and a talented guy."
So when are they planning to actually start work on this remake? "I'm hoping that's something we can get into next year," he says. "We've talked about They Live. And we've been developing something sort of in the They Live space… We're hoping next summer. It would be a great movie to make." So they've got an idea for something that isn't necessarily a remake, and that's where the sunglasses concern comes into play. He says:
"We're discussing that. I'd like to say that really, a vagrant wandering around the streets could get you to try on his sunglasses, if he would leave you alone afterwards. He may even pay you $100, 'Hey put these on.' So 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."
So it might be something different than sunglasses? "It might be something different than sunglasses." Let the complaining begin. Although, maybe this is a good thing. Maybe it's a good idea that they're not going to step on Carpenter's original and take a fresh, new approach to this remake. I'm actually not that opposed to the idea of not having the sunglasses, especially if it's something else much more modern that will make this remake fit in with contemporary society like They Live did back in 1988. Plus, there is a lot more than just billboards and magazines to be converted into giant "OBEY" signs nowadays, so they really do have a bigger "playground" to play in this time around. We'll continue to keep you updated on the status of this remake.