John Carpenter Teases Potential ‘They Live’ Sequel

“They” will live again, according to director John Carpenter that is, who said in an interview with Den of Geek that a sequel to 1988’s They Live is certainly possible.

Although he remained coy with details on a follow up film, Carpenter did reveal that for a time a remake was in the works with Matt Reeves, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes, set to direct.

“There was a feature film,” Carpenter said. “It was a feature film called ‘Resistance,’ written by, oh, the guy who did the ‘Apes’ movies. Matt Reeves. But then he moved on.”

When asked for more info about the potential sequel, Carpenter answered, “Well, I’m not gonna tell you about that, because it might be closer to reality than you think,” before adding, “The sequel is, well, we’ll see. We’ll just have to see.”

When released, They Live was made as a political attack against greed and corruption of the Reagan era that focused on a down-on-his-luck drifter called John Nada, who was portrayed by the late Roddy Piper. Nada gets pitted against an alien race that manipulates human beings with a world filled with subliminal broadcasts. After coming across a pair of specially made sunglasses, Nada is then able to see the reality of the world that lays beneath.

Opening at number one in the box office its first weekend, They Live went on to gross $13 million theatrically but has become a fan favorite on home video with a Collector’s Edition by Scream Factory.

The latest addition to the Halloween franchise opens this weekend so check back soon for more on future works of John Carpenter!

Mark McCurley
Since Mark was four years old he has always loved the horror genre, even when his mother would be a good parent and not let him watch such films. It was when he would sneak into the Horror section at the video store called Tommy K's that he would see all of the VHS covers of classics like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. During his time as a journalism major and news staff writer at Southern CT State University, he had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren before a seminar in 2009 at the Lyman Center on campus.

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