It’s hard to pick a favorite John Carpenter movie. The majority of the man’s output as a director from the 70s through the 90s was excellent, with many of his films earning a large cult following. Of those cults, few are as dedicated as the one for 1988’s They Live.
Starring legendary WWE wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as unlikely hero John Nada and Keith David as his friend and reluctant comrade Frank, They Live revealed a society in which aliens had secretly invaded long ago, and human beings were now unknowingly enslaved.
John is unwilling to stand for this, so he of course famously grabs a shotgun, and heads out to chew bubblegum and kick ass. While he dies in the end, he does seem to complete his mission of exposing the hidden aliens living among and controlling humans.
So, at this late stage, could a They Live sequel ever happen? When asked about the possibility during a recent interview with Den of Geek, Carpenter gave a surprising answer: not only might a sequel happen, but one already almost did, only to die in pre-production.
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 Apes movies. Matt Reeves. But then he moved on, and so the sequel is, well, we’ll see. We’ll just have to see.
As cool as a modern They Live sequel might sound, one wonders who would be up to taking over the mantle of lead hero from the late Piper, and whether a director other than Carpenter would be capable of reproducing the subversive edge that he brought to the material.