The director of Cloverfield has just signed on to make his next movie, and it’s based on the same material that inspired John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live.
Deadline reports that Matt Reeves will write and direct a movie based on the 1963 science fiction short story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning” by Ray Nelson. The story follows a man who wakes up one morning and realizes that there are aliens surrounding us and controlling every move we make. The story was used as the starting point for Carpenter’s 1988 film, in which an underground resistance used special glasses to be able to detect the aliens hidden under human disguises.
Apparently none of the business with the glasses will find its way into Reeves’ film, so the studio (Universal) is not looking to market this as a remake. The story will serve as the basis for Reeves’ own take on the concept.