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Matt Reeves Bringing More to They Live-like 8 O'Clock in the Morning





So the question beckons ... if two different movies are based upon the same short story, does that make the latest telling of said story a remake or another beast entirely? Kind of makes your head hurt, no?

Deadline reports that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) has signed on at Universal Pictures to write and direct a feature based on the famed Ray Nelson short story "8 O’Clock in the Morning". Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing.

The story is about a man who awakens one morning with the crystal-clear realization that we are surrounded daily by the presence of aliens that are controlling society. It was owned by the studio because it was used as the basis for the 1988 John Carpenter film They Live, in which aliens were discovered via the use of special glasses. None of that is being used here, and according to the powers-that-be the film is not being considered a remake.

I saw an opportunity to do a movie that was very point-of-view driven, a psychological science fiction thriller that explores this guy’s nightmare,” Reeves tells Deadline. “There could be a desperate love story at the center of this. Carpenter took a satirical view of the material and the larger political implication that we’re being controlled. I am very drawn to the emotional side, the nightmare experience with the paranoia of Invasion of the Body Snatchers or a Roman Polanski-style film.

Look for more on this one soon!

Matt Reeves Bringing More to They Live-like 8 O'Clock in the Morning

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jkincer's picture

Are we sure Matt Reeves didn't secretly get hired by Platinum Dunes? Seriously, is he taking over as the new remake king? While They Live certainly wasn't one of Carpenters greatest efforts, it still had Rodey Piper in it!


Submitted by jkincer on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 8:28pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Good points. Reeves really does seem to want to ride other director's shirt tails. It shows a very real lack of confidence and imagination on his part.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:03pm.
LifeMi's picture

True. I would like to see him do more original projects. That being said, after Cloverfield and Let Me In, I trust Reeves for the time being.


Submitted by LifeMi on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:16pm.

Can you guys not read? It says he's doing a direct adaptation of the story, which Carpenter's film barley followed. It won't be a remake of JC's movie any more than the Hammer Frankenstein is a remake of the Karloff film.

Not only that, he's done ONE remake out of 4 films so he's hardly riding anybody's tails.


Submitted by MouthForWar on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 6:46am.
Shambling_in_Bandages's picture

He also said he was filming an adaptation of Lindqvist's novel rather than a remake of Alfredson's movie and yet he still managed to "adapt" the novel using identical shots from Alfredson's film.

Rather than accusing people of not knowing how to read, how about you learning how to read between the lines? You're a politician's wet dream.


Submitted by Shambling_in_Ba... on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 9:41am.

His comments concerning Let Me In didn't specify that there would be SPECIFIC MAJOR plot elements removed from his version (like he did with the sunglasses, and the whole satirical element for They Live). So I'm pretty sure there's not much to read between here. You can't remake They Live if you don't have those things, but you CAN make another version of that story since the story didn't have those things to begin with.

So yeah...


Submitted by MouthForWar on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 9:17am.
Vanvance1's picture

The way I see it there are thousands of good to great sf/horror stories that have never been converted to film or tv. If Reeves chooses a story that has already been a film the implication is that he's thinking of borrowing elements of the adaptation that already exist. It's a fair statement based on his blatant copy of Let The Right One In.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 6:44pm.

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