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They Live lives again

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, December 4, 2008

The 1988 film They Live is the latest movie in the repertoire of John Carpenter to be remade.

Starring former WWF professional wrestler Roddy "Rowdy" Piper, the movie was about greedy aliens that used their advanced technology to move among us and also keep humanity asleep from seeing their true appearance. Carpenter's film deftly moved between being having a 1950s sci-fi kind of vibe and a scathing critique of how corporate and cultural greed had created a poor working class of citizen in America. They Live is all of that and it also featured one of cinema's best fistfight scene between Piper and Keith David as they traded blows for five minutes.

The company behind the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead as well as Bring It On and Children of Men, Universal-based Strike Entertainment, is in negotiations to obtain the rights from Les Mougins. The Hollywood Reporter states that Carpenter will retain an executive producer credit along with Shep Gordon, the man who helped put together the financing for the original They Live. Strike's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce the new film. The company is also trying to make a remake of Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing, which is itself a remake of 1951's The Thing From Another World.

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well theres a ray of hope from Strike ent. if they want to remake They Live, i'd love another one... of course i'd love a sequel even better than a remake, Keith david's character died at the end of the original flick, and i'd love to see them expand on the concept instead of ending the remake in the same place as the original movie... oh, an while you're at it, add another 10 minutes to that fight scene and make it about something even LESS trivial than wearing a pair of sunglasses.

As for Remaking The Thing...again... sacralige I tell you.. sacralige! any remake attempt at John carpenter's The Thing is blasphemy! Especially if they try adding any CGI blood splatter effects (like those cheap ass ones from Diary of the Dead) The Thin is perfect the way it is and always has been since 1981!
It's perfect...