Matt Reeves (‘Let Me In,’ ‘Cloverfield’) has signed on to write and direct a movie based on the Ray Nelson short story ‘8 O’ Clock in the Morning.’
The movie will center on a man who awakens one morning with the crystal-clear realization that we are surrounded daily by the presence of aliens that are controlling society.
Nelson’s short story was used as a basis for John Carpenter’s ‘They Live.’ The aliens in Carpenter’s 1988 movie were discovered through the use of special glasses. None of that is being used here, and the film is not considered a remake. Reeves will begin writing immediately.
Reeves had the following to say about the project:
“I saw an opportunity to do a movie that was very point-of-view driven, a psychological science fiction thriller that explores this guy’s nightmare. There could be a desperate love story at the center of this. Carpenter took a satirical view of the material and the larger political implication that we’re being controlled. I am very drawn to the emotional side, the nightmare experience with the paranoia of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ or a Roman Polanski-style film.”