Why Remake They Live Without The Sunglasses?


At the New York Comic Con io9 chatted with “The Thing” producer Eric Newman, and while discussing remakes of John Carpenter movies, the topic naturally switched to the planned “They Live” remake. Apparently Newman thinks it’s a good idea to ditch the iconic sunglasses that allow the wearer to see through the alien’s camouflage. I can’t imagine why, but he tries to justify it.

io9: Are you going to keep the whole sunglasses aspect to it?

Newman: 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.

io9: So it might be something different than sunglasses?

Newman: It might be something different than sunglasses.

I shudder to think what device they’re going to come up with to reveal the true nature of the aliens to the masses. Collider posited that they’ll try to do something lame like use cell phone cameras, while I suspect there will be some sort of clue related to the aliens twitter accounts.

D.B. Weis, who is working on the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones”, is writing the script, which is currently in draft form. After “The Thing”, the production team is going to go directly into “Immortal” and “The Man With the Iron Fist” (the kung fu movie directed by RZA, and staring Russell Crowe), so the earliest the ball will get rolling on “They Live” is next year.

All I’m saying is that the protagonist better damn well kick ass and chew bubblegum, or I might get pissed.