Wednesday, November 14, 2007

They Live TV Series in the Works?

Interesting that this is the first I've heard of this, as they say its a rumor, but wow, interesting:

"Consider this an interesting rumour for the moment, but in the latest edition of "Empire" magazine, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper drops an interesting little tidbit that John Carpenter is in talks with the Sci Fi network to turn his cult classic 1988 flick "They Live" into a regular series on the channel.

It wouldn't be the first time Sci Fi have run with a concept like this, they managed to turn "The Dead Zone" into a long running show, and after dropping a line to Piper's representatives, they let us know that he would definitely be involved with any small screen effort that goes ahead - now if only they can get the "Hell Comes To Frogtown" 6 hour mini-series up & running..."

More on this possible news:

Could They Live become a TV series?

Perhaps. A few sites, citing an Empire Magazine interview with They Live star Roddy Piper, report that Carpenter was in talks with SciFi to develop his 1988 film into a TV series for the network.

Unfortunately, that's all we know, and it doesn't look as if the interview is on Empire's Web site. Nevertheless, I think this could be a really cool idea. They Live was a lot of fun in a campy, B-style sort of way, and its not-so-subtle plot of aliens trying to control mankind through subliminal methods is something that could be easily fleshed out into a full series. In the film, Piper's character, John Nada, finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the various subliminal messages broadcast across the city: OBEY, CONSUME, etc.

Besides some great dialogue ("I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum" and "you look like your face fell in the cheese dip back in 1957") the film is also infamous for a fight sequence that goes on for so long it becomes ludicrous. Here's my idea: have at least one episode each season that consists of nothing but a single fight that last the entire length of the episode. I would totally watch that.

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