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.