They Live Remake Still in the Works But Without the Sunglasses

October 10, 2010
Source: io9

They Live

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.

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


The glasses WERE the movie. I'd like to see how they pull this off.

Daniel Felts on Oct 10, 2010


no glasses!!!!???? thats like making a dragonball movie without any friggin dragonballs!!!!!!!???/ wtf are these people thinkin :l

Spider94 on Oct 10, 2010


Ah the fight scene between Piper and David was one of the best fights ever, no remake.

Xerxex on Oct 10, 2010


@Xerxex AGREED.

zzz on Oct 10, 2010


Fuck This Idea! The glasses were in integral part of the film. Without the glasses it just isn't They Live. I am not for this remake if they are not going to do it right.

jtmoney on Oct 10, 2010


Best line..."I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum"

Nic on Oct 10, 2010


Lol don't go buy this thing, just torrent it!

Jimmy Love on Oct 10, 2010


Man you guys are stupid... instead of the sunglasses it's gonna be an app for the iPhone. Or something just as sold-out... err... I mean lame... err... I mean 'modern'. LOLZ - woulda been funny it they used the Real3D glasses, as opposed to generic sunglasses. Seriously though, ALL the best scenes in They Live revolved around the glasses. The fight, the bank, the grocery store. Last bit: How long till Ethan uses the bubblegum line in Casting Tidbits? Put me down for 3 days. (I have come here to chew bubble gum and post casting tibits... and I'm all out of bubble gum.)

Akirakorn on Oct 10, 2010



Happy Camper on Oct 10, 2010


This was one of those awesome flicks you forgot about and then remember with fondness. Why do they have to remake everything its frickin annoying.

JimD on Oct 10, 2010


Like puttin perfume on a pig

napoleonblownapart on Oct 11, 2010


The sunglasses were an integral part of the movie and I would hate to see something replace them. Also, don't try to redo the fight scene, it is perfect as is.

GlossGreen on Oct 11, 2010


Why remake this?

consume obey on Oct 11, 2010


i bet they will change it to "Contacts" or "Eye Drops" lol they should keep the sunglass plus it would make sense to make the movie in 3D. it will give a good reason for wearing 3D glasses now. "They Live 3D" lol

tazz on Oct 11, 2010


NO GLASSES?! But that was what made the movie! Ugh!

Christopher Sullivan on Oct 11, 2010


How much you want to bet they'll change it to something like cell phone cameras.

Christopher Sullivan on Oct 11, 2010


@6 Also my favorite line of the movie. I liked this one too: "Brother, life's a bitch, and she's back in heat." Greatest fight of all time, expertly redone by Southpark. Got to keep the cheesy sunglasses. integral to the plot.

Dylan on Oct 11, 2010


Jimmy & Timmy fight!

Solo Calrissian on Oct 11, 2010


...and a remake of this would NOT be all out of bubblegum...

Solo Calrissian on Oct 11, 2010


LOL good one

Jimmy Love on Oct 11, 2010


They Live had a great idea but the acting was pure SHIT on the part od Roddy loser...a remake of this could turn out to be a real treat...go for it...

bone on Oct 13, 2010


Rowdy Roddy Piper is the man, I don't know what you're talking about...He originated one of the most badass movie lines ever, he also is the one who decided to push the epic fight scene to what is now known as being one of the most iconic fight scenes of all time, and who can forget him in the It's Always Sunny spoof on The Wrestler...complete and total badass

joe jack on Oct 29, 2010


Just saw this app for android, that makes your android behave like the They Live sunglasses.. f- the remake. We can have our own glasses.. the movie should be left in the cult section of your local video store.

Oliver on Oct 29, 2010


No sunglasses, Horrible !!!!

NADA on Nov 24, 2010


The sunglasses were a story telling device for seeing the world as it really is, you put them on and see things as they really are, as opposed to how you have been taught to see things, also, they revealed an alien race that had enslaved mankind but remained hidden, pulling the strings and pushing the buttons from the shadows. Being hidden theyr'e best defence. Thus putting on the glasses revealed a race that had gone out of it's way to remain hidden. If they remake this movie without the sunglasses then they should just cast Jews as the aliens. And be done with the sunglasses device.

Venom on Jan 15, 2011


Idea - How about in 3d with 3d glasses except when you put the glasses on all the move says is: OBEY

Roy44 on Apr 4, 2011


you gotta have the sun glasses, and the five min fight scene about putting them on

McChill on May 24, 2011

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