The John Carpenter remake/sequel/whatever craze continues. Halloween has just got a decades-later sequel that’s nothing to do with the follow-up that was made in 1981, while of course it also got a rather lousy [sorry Rob Zombie fans] remake some time ago as did The Fog. The Thing got that mediocre prequel. Returns to the worlds of Big Trouble in Little China, Prince Of Darkness and even Starman have all been discussed in recent months, while a remake of Escape From New York finally seems to be a thing.
Perhaps the Carpenter film most well-timed for a revival in 2018 is probably They Live, which really seemed to predict the way things were going back in 1988. Well, during a chat with ‘Den of Geek’, the idea of a “refashioning” of They Live was presented to Carpenter, and his reply to the question was rather interesting: “Well, I’m not gonna tell you about that, because it might be closer to reality than you think.”
The interviewer then brought up a remake that had been in development at one point, to which Carpenter replied:
“There was a feature film. It was a feature film called Resistance, written by, oh, the guy who did 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.”
While I do like They Live a great deal and really dislike the current obsession with remaking everything, I do think that this is one film, considering what it’s really about, where a new incarnation could work very well and be even more timely.
Carpenter seems to have found a new lease of life of late, but one project he’s not enthusiastic about is the Big Trouble In Little China ‘sequel’. He gave his opinion in his usual ‘to the point’, honest manner in a chat with’ Cinema Blend’:
“They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson. That’s what they want. So they just picked that title. They don’t give a shit about me and my movie. That movie wasn’t a success.”