John Carpenter Hints About A Possible Sequel To His 1988 Film, ‘They Live’


So as Hollywood scrounges for another film they might plunder to create a reboot or sequel, they need look no further than a movie that includes such classic lines as “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass – and I’m all out of bubblegum” or “Brother, life’s a bitch…and she’s back in heat.” Sheer poetry. These of course come from that master of the one-liner, John Nada played by the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in the cult classic John Carpenter film, They Live.

When recently asked about the possibility of They Live getting a modern revisit by Den of Geek, Carpenter was hesitant to discuss the possibility…sort of:

Well, I’m not gonna tell you about that, because it might be closer to reality than you think. There was a feature film. It was a feature film called Resistance, written by, oh, the guy who did the [Planet of the] Apes movies. Matt Reeves. But then he moved on, and so the sequel is, well, we’ll see. We’ll just have to see.

That’s about as committal/non-committal as you can get. Of course, some of Carpenters film’s have been revamped whether the Director liked the idea or not. As far as They Live goes, which was based on the 1963 short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson, it sounds like it might be a possibility for it to happen.

For those who are not familiar, the film tells the story of a drifter (the aforementioned John Nada) who discovers that humanity has been infiltrated by alien beings who have been using subliminal messages to keep the planet in line. This includes concealing what they really look like. Their true appearance only reveals itself when seen through a pair of special sunglasses. Once he learns of the plot, he tries to recruit others to lead a resistance against the creatures, hoping to awaken the populace and to put a stop to their plans of planetary control.

For those of you who liked They Live, how do you feel about a modern take on the film? With the technology now available, I would imagine they could make a pretty impressive film. Perhaps they could cast the Rock as John Nada. That would thrill Carpenter to no end, based on his feelings about the plans to do a follow-up to his Big Trouble in Little China. Share your thoughts about the idea with us at GVNation.