Out doing promotion for next year’s prequel to John Carpenter’s “The Thing” at the New York Comic Con, producer Eric Newman says a remake of another Carpenter classic may go into production next year – “They Live”.
The original 1988 sci-fi satire cult feature followed a construction worker (Roddy Piper) who discovers sunglasses that let him see aliens walking among us and controlling humanity. Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have been looking into remaking the project since late 2008.
Newman told io9.com that “We’ve talked about ‘They Live.’ And we’ve been developing something sort of in the ‘They Live’ space. I’m hoping that’s something we can get into next year. We’re hoping next summer. It would be a great movie to make”.
One big change though will be the attire, specifically the alien-revealing specs – “It might be something different than sunglasses… we’re kind of exploring different versions of what is that thing that allows you to see”.
The script is currently being written by D.B. Weiss, who is at work on HBO’s upcoming fantasy series “Game of Thrones”. The news comes as 62-year-old Carpenter suffered a mild seizure at a convention in Florida over the weekend, though is not considered to be in critical condition.