I met Cloverfield director Matt Reeves once. It was at a party shortly before the release of Let Me In, his American remake of the acclaimed Norwegian vampire drama Let The Right One In. We talked about the expectations that came with remaking a beloved film, and I was struck by both his enthusiasm for his own version as well as his love for the original. He knew he was inviting comparisons from passionate moviegoers, many of whom would be biased against his adaptation of the story, and that humility made me respect him. Now, according to Hollywood Reporter, he's throwing himself back into the meat grinder with his next film, a remake of John Carpenter's classic Reagan-era sci-fi parable They Live. Oh Matt... Will you never learn?
They Live may be best-remembered for the almost comically long fight sequence between Rowdy Roddy Piper and his co-star Keith David, who refused to put on a pair of sunglasses that would allow him to see the world in black and white... and reveal that the world had secretly been conquered by aliens... but it's a smart scene in a very smart movie. It's just that hard to change somebody's viewpoint. Reeves is an intelligent director who is expected to go back to Carpenter's original source material, Ray Nelson's short story 'Eight O'clock in the Morning,' for inspiration. He's a strong director and might bring something new and interesting to the world of They Live.
But he's also tempting fate. Good luck, man.
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