Not sure how I feel about this news.Â Universal’s Strike Entertaiment is sniffing around trying to acquire the rights to John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live.Â The rights are currently held by Les Mougins, and is one of the best sci fi horror flicks from the 80s.
If you don’t believe me, just watch Rowdy Roddy Piper walk into a bank with a gun and utter the famous phrase “I’m here to chew bubble gum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubble gum.”Â Then there is that awesome fight between Piper and Keith David that seems to go on for ever, and was spoofed almost blow for blow in South Park’s Cripple Fight episode.
The original film, part sci-fi thriller and part social satire, told the story of a down-on-his-luck construction worker (Roddy Piper) who discovers glasses that let him see aliens walking among us and controlling humanity. The man races against the clock to find a way to stop them.
The movie is so classic a remake may actually hurt the spirit of the original.Â Imagine trying to remake Army of Darkness just to make it fresh.Â Without the original cast and low budget, anyone uttering the phrase, “This is my boom stick!” is just going to look like a fool.
Fortunately, everything is still in the negotiation stage, no writers are attached (what’s wrong with the original script?), with John Carpenter and Shep Gordon attached as executive producers.
I guess when Hollywood runs out of ideas, it’s time to rape the 80s as Hollywood Reporter is also running stories on Fox remaking Romancing the Stone, and Warner Bros. putting Russell Brand in a remake of Arthur.Â Â And if the They Live deal goes through, who would you want to see in the two lead roles?Â Maybe they can get Roddy to play a cameo as the “bum” character.Â That would rock.