I'm beginning to wonder if there is anything from the 1980s to be left alone, sacred, and enjoyed on 2 a.m. viewings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest classic to be remade is John Carpenter's "They Live." Negotiations are ongoing, as Universal and Strike Entertainment are still trying to acquire the rights, and no director or writers are yet on board.
A cult classic from 1981, "They Live" introduced us to Nada, a down on his luck construction worker who found a pair of special sunglasses. When he puts them on, he discovers the world as it truly is -- a place bombarded with subliminal messages telling us to "Submit to Authority" and "Stay Asleep." Even worse, some of the normal looking people Nada encounters are actually ugly aliens, bent on controlling humanity and using us for their own evil purposes.
It was a classic combination of satire, sci-fi thriller, and action film. It's particularly famous and iconic for two things -- the 8 minute long fight scene between Roddy Piper and Keith David, and Piper's classic line "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass ... and I'm all out of bubblegum."
It's tempting to remake it, if only to introduce a new audience to its scary satire -- but no one can ever deliver that line but Piper. "They Live" is a cult classic for a reason, and it should probably just be left alone.
What do you think, readers? Should "They Live" live again, or should it be left back in the 80s to chew some bubblegum?