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Updated! Is This For The Wachowskis' Remake Of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS?

Hey folks, Harry here - is running a story about an 8.5 minute film that it seems is going to be blown up and used at theatrical resolution as part of the Wachowski Brothers' planned remake of THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS at Warner Brothers. The two best versions - Kevin McCarthy and Donald Sutherland - are just about perfect films - and there's a number of Body Snatcher-esque ripoffs that are fun too, including the one I was in, Rodriguez's THE FACULTY. So why retell this tale? I'm not sure, I'd love to find out more on their take of the material - as for now - certainly this excerpt from the short film, THE INNER LIFE OF THE CELL by David Bolinsky - is a helluva treat on its own. Enjoy...

Harry, you silly bastard. First of all, the film's already done. It's called INVASION, or THE INVASION, or whatever the heck Warner Bros. finally settles on. The majority of the film was done before Daniel Craig went off to shoot CASINO ROYALE. It was directed by Oliver (THE EXPERIMENT) Hirschbiegel, a pretty groovy German filmmaker. However, after a shitload of testing, the producers brought in The Wachowskis to reshoot the ending and punch up the film a bit. That's what this guy in WIRED is talking about... his film is obviously going to be used in some fashion during some of the new framework that the Wachowskis reshot. Even the reshoots are already done. This thing's on track to be out at some point this year, and I would expect that with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman both appearing in THE GOLDEN COMPASS this year together and with Craig now finally an international star thanks to CASINO ROYALE, this will get a big push no matter how it's all finally Frankensteined together.

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  • March 14, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Dear fucking god!!!! It's BEEN REMADE!

    by Doctor_Sin

    Not only with Donald Sutherland, but remember "Bodysnatchers"? The sequel/remake/bullshit?<p>Dear christ almighty NOOOOOO MOOOOOOOORE!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by Tommy the Cat

    My Dad worked on 'The Faculty'!!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    There is no spoon.

    by kravmaguffin

    Can we just call them the Wachowski's since...well you know...the one brother well...I'm not gonna even say it.GFY

  • March 14, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Tommy the Cat

  • March 14, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Will we get to see the body snatching in bullet time?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    No one in Hollywood w/ balls to remake Gone w/ the Wind

    by Doctor_Sin

    Because I'm so surprised it hasn't been done yet.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Are you sure this isn't for INVASION...

    by blackmantis

    ...with Nicole Kidman. I thought that was the latest remake of Invasions of the Body Snatchers.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Remember when the Wachowski's were original...

    by UltimaRex

    Yeah, me too. Oh well back to the grind. PETER JACKSON FOR JLA!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    AGAIN? Is this the most remade movie ever?!

    by riskebiz

    Dang, isn't "The Invasion" coming out this year with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig? Do we need another remake hot on the heels of that remake?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    UltimaRex irony

    by Anakin Whoopass

    Peter Jackson who re-re-made King Kong?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    So hoew many times has this been remade?

    by Childe Roland

    Four? Five?<p>I think there were two that actually carried over the name or some portion thereof, but there were a slew of knock-offs as well.<p>And, no, UltimaRex, I don't recall the Brothers W ever being original. You don't actually think they came up witht he idea for The Matrix, do you?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Okay people, read the article--

    by blackmantis

    It says the Wachowski's were brought in to rework the ending of the Nicole Kidman version.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST

    The day I accept social commentary from a drag queen

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    is the day I take my own life. Read up on the one dude who dresses in mumus and left his wife for a lesbian domme. Weirdo freaks.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Abel Ferraras version is the last word. Seriously, this has GOT TO STOP!!!!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I think this might be for The Invasion

    by John-Locke

    Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment, Downfall) made that film for WB but the film has been going through reshoot hell, he's left the project and there have been rumors of The Wachowski's being given a further $10 million budget to write/add some more action. Maybe they are just going to shelve the whole original film and get the actors (Kidman & Craig) to return under their original contracts.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Isn't Texas Chainsaw Massacre remade more often?

    by Err


  • March 14, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Like it being the Kidman version is any better

    by Doctor_Sin

    Hollywood is like one huge 7th-Level Boss Zombie that refuses to drop dead no matter what weapons, spells, or combos you throw its way.<p>"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" 50s and 70s, "Bodysnathcers" ANOTHER decade gets the "your uncle was replaced by a pod person copy" shit?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    No thanks

    by zoomddy

    I vow to watch NO remakes this year. Crap . . . that leaves only about 4 movies to watch, and one of THOSE will probably have Jim Carrey. I'm gonna go read a comic.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Just noticed Drew's correction

    by John-Locke

    So yeah I was right. I despise any director who will take the job of doing reshoots for another persons film, it wouldn't be so bad if it was a Director trying to make a name for themself but the Wachowski's have already done that so this just reeks of selling out to me. I hope we get to see Hirschbiegel's cut on DVD like they did for The Exorcist prequel (even though both versions of that sucked donkey balls).

  • March 14, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Now that Harry's been PUNK'D, this post will vanish

    by Doctor_Sin

    Just count the nanoseconds, TBers.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Tarzan and Three Musketeers may have more remakes

    by Big Bad Clone

    Or Dracula. Or Phantom of the Opera. Or a Christmas Carol. Or Miracle on 34th Street.<p><lb>I like people getting pissed off when they see a remake coming and claim Hollywood is running out of ideas. Get you heads out of your asses and realize that this shit's gone on for a long time and will continue for as long as there are movies. Shit, plays are always revived and reinvented. And still the same audiences see those fucking plays. Hell, people pay to hear covers of overplayed songs. It's part of the great circle of pop culture recycling. The only thing we can say is: Is it worth my time?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by -guyinthebackrow

    Wactch out for that Chubby motherfuckin' Rain!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I'm tired of Dracula remakes, too

    by Doctor_Sin

    Don't even get me started on Christmas Carol. The best goddamn version was the Sanford and Son episode.<p>So, by you're argument Clone, we should just close our eyes, bend over and let it happen? Just because it's been status quo means we need to stick with it and never demand more? Ridiculous.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    You are telling me that they tried to improve...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...Oliver Hirschbiegel with The Wachowskies? The man who made "Das Experiment" and "Downfall" with the guys who gave us "Matrix"? Oh, come on!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Oh-oh, the grammar police are gonna come and get me

    by Doctor_Sin

    goddamn "your"/"you're" crap.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Too Soon

    by Lando Griffin

    for another remake.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    And THAT'S why everybody hates German directors.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I'm sure that INVASION was a pretty smart film, because Oliver Hirschbiegel is a pretty smart filmmaker (he prefered directing DOWNFALL over BLADE TRINITY!). But smart films = No No in Hollywood! So the only way for German directors to get a job in Hollywood, is making films like TROY or INDEPENDENCE DAY!<p> And I was really looking forward for this one! REALLY! <p> Oliver! Komm zurück nach Deutschland! Tom Tykwer geht es hier auch gut!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I mean, what the fuck is this?

    by DerLanghaarige

    It's kinda like replacing Ridley Scott with Tony Scott!

  • March 14, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    No, seriously, I'm pissed!

    by DerLanghaarige

    That was one of my most anitcipated films of 2007!

  • March 14, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    From IMDB on Larry Wachowski....

    by Err

    Estranged wife Thea Bloom was his college sweetheart. He left Bloom in 2002 for Karin Winslow, a professional dominatrix, who left her husband to take Wachowski on as her "slave."

  • March 14, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    The Wachowskis can

    by DonkeyTron

    remake the fuckin' Bible for all I care. They're a bunch of washed up, drag queens that had a moment in the sun when they stole The Matrix and then fell flat on their asses when they actually had to write something original for the sequels. And stop kidding yourselves, V for Vendetta was fucking lame and if I was Alan Moore I'd find that tranny fuck and kick him in the ovaries.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Bend over? I thought I had the option to ignore shit

    by Big Bad Clone

    How about I not go see a shitty remake? Just like any other movie, I'll only go if something about it pique's my interest. <p><lb> I can't be the movie police. People love shitty movies. Just look at Norbit, Bruce Almighty, and Wild Hogs. "Original" movies can suck, too.<p><lb>I demand more with my money and I (usually) get it.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    Fuck fuck fuck!

  • March 14, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Fuck the remake...

    by Chriss

    ... somebody tell them IOTB was a social-political piece about communism. It's like remaking King Kong, which was a social piece about African Americans. Don't these film makers get it?

  • March 14, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Loved all versions...

    by Frank Black

    ...especially Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers... The only story I don't mind them repeatedly remaking...

  • March 14, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST

    ... Make a feature length documentary...

    by Chriss

    ... like the short film above. Damn that was 7.5 minutes of pure nerd heaven. I would love to see that for an hour and a half or two, with Morgan Freemon narrating about what is happening and why inside the most basic building blocks of life. March of the Liposomes: December 2008.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by Chriss

    "Wachowski Brothers" is the new code for Alan Smithee. There really are no Wachowski brothers. Just typically A-Rated directors who put out really poor films that they don't want on their resume - so they credit it to the mythical Wachowski's.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    even i knew that

    by troutpencil

    James McTeigue directed the reshoots and the Wachowskis did some rewriting. I was aware of this for some time and I'm not even an insider like Harry. Bunch of assholes.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    I...just want to know... :'(

  • March 14, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Abel Ferrara Version

    by topaz4206

    I loved it, and Gabrielle Anwar was nekkid :)

  • March 14, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear . . .

    by zoomddy

    that someone else hated "V for Vapid." What an excruciating yawn-fest. I even wanted Natalie dead by the end of the "movie."

  • March 14, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    The only way this is a good idea...

    by JacksParasites if, like War of the Worlds, it stays true to the core themes of the original. In this case, the original was about the fear of communism. This film should subtly tie itself to the similar fear of terrorists, so that it's adapted to reflect the times and isn't just a dumbed down version of a brilliant film.

  • March 14, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I never hear anyone acknowledge how much...

    by Bronx Cheer

    ...the original "Body Snatchers" was influenced by "Miracle on 34th Street." It's downright criminal.

  • March 14, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    What the fuck are the Wachowskis doing this for?

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    This is very suspicious. IOTBS does not need to be remade yet again FFS. Remakes should be banned full stop.

  • March 14, 2007, 7:54 p.m. CST

    JacksParasites, you completely misread the original!

    by Bronx Cheer

    The film isn't a veiled reference to communism and the witch hunt, it's about the very common fear of fungus infections, especially the kind that grow under your toe nails. Scary!

  • March 14, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    'Cos when I think moody suspense, I think Wachowskis

    by Doctor_Sin

    I actually like their flicks - and loved V for Vendetta, but how in the world are they right for this?

  • March 14, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    When I think moody suspense,

    by Bronx Cheer


  • March 14, 2007, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks to Harry for reminding us he was in The Faculty.

    by Barry Egan

    That movie is a piece of shit, so it takes real balls to mention it. I saw Famke Jansen on The Daily Show once and she and John Stewart were laughing about how neither of them had seen it. Stewart chastises her for not seeing it and she says, "Like you've seen it." Funny stuff.

  • March 14, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    They all owe a tip of the hat to "The Puppet Masters,"

    by Bronx Cheer

    don't you think? (This time I'm serious.)

  • March 14, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Garth at Dark Horizons scooped this...

    by Christopher3

    A few days ago. "Invasion's" in "Joyride"-like surgery.

  • March 14, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    COSMPIC POWERS > Anything

    by Doctor_Sin

    And when I think Puppet Masters, I think of nothing else.

  • March 14, 2007, 10:33 p.m. CST

    you silly bastard = you dumb fuck

    by ATARI

    Mori's just being p.c.

  • March 14, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Why I Hate the Wachowski's

    by zoomddy

    The Matrix was a damn fine movie, but the Wachowski's should be damned to hell for all eternity for permanently destroying the movie fight scene. EVERYBODY now wants us to believe their character is NEO . . . Hello? Drew Barrymore running up the side of a wall? EVERYBODY now is a top-notch martial arts expert? Nobody gets punched anymore . . . they all get Chuck Norris Flying Roundhouse Kicks to the face . . . UGH.

  • March 14, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Body Snatchers SHOULD get remade every 20 years

    by Osmosis Jones

    All three previous versions tapped into current socio-politial trends with unnering skill, and were well-made creature-features to boot. Although it's worrisome that the film is getting so heavilly reshot, and downright bizarre that the Wachowskis got the call to fill in the cracks to add extra "action". Do we need bullet-time pod people? I hope Hirshbeigel's[sp?] original vision doesn't get ruined in the process.

  • March 14, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    That footage is stolen from STAR TREK: TMP!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    That's from the long, boring special effects ride through V'ger.

  • March 15, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I can't wait for Harry's review!

    by Davis of Texas

    It has hairy bulges pressing together and suspicious flecks of debris suspended in anonymous fluids. Try to awkwardly turn THAT into a sexual metaphor!

  • March 15, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST

    saw the philip kaufman

    by ewokstew

    remake just a few days ago. There's a nice, loose directorial style to that film. Almost documentary like. Very creepy and tense.

  • March 15, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Rob Cohen to remake The Matrix

    by Spandau Belly

    Any filmmaker who does a remake should be forced to watch a remake of their own most beloved film.

  • March 15, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Go on then. Tell me about the Wakowski's stealing the Matrix

    by Teamwak

    idea. A couple of people have mentioned this. If you dont mind, will someone give me the skinny on this. <p> As far as I was aware, the Matrix was on original idea by them. Either way though, the first one kicks all kinds of arse! Second = Meh. Third = WTF! V for Vendetta rocks too. That movie has seriously grown on me with re-watching.

  • March 15, 2007, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Those Wachowski C**ts need this vehicle

    by council estate scumbag

    after the shit fest that was matrix 2 & 3. Fuck. they practically invented a new genre when they did matrix 1 (ok it ripped heavily off of ghost in the shell but who gives a rats arse), then they fuck themselves rectorially by doing 2 & 3. animatrix was a good concept, but they didnt direct any of that shit.

  • March 15, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    educate yourself Teamwank

    by council estate scumbag

    for fucks sake, fella. watch ghost in the fucking shell THEN come back on here. tired of these pissing idiot people who dont know shit, sprouting off their opinions like some crazy lord of the manor, or whatever yank equivalent you cunts have. grow a brain and educate yourself on films.

  • March 15, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Bit pissy today Scumbag

    by Teamwak

    Anyone would think you got your ass handed to you yesterday in another TB. Is that what happened "pothead"? :)<p> And I didnt ask which movie I should watch, I asked if someone would quickly tell why.

  • March 15, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    A bit of plagerism, is it?

    by Teamwak

    How close is it to the story of Ghost in the Shell? Did the producers of that say anything when the Matrix came out? <p> And I wasnt spouting opinions like a lord of the manor?!? All I said was I really liked the first Matrix and didnt care much for 2 and 3. You even made fun of my name. I am sad now :(

  • March 15, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Too bad Sophia Stewart's lawsuit fell apart

    by Doctor_Sin

    I was looking forward to her showing how the W-brothers ripped off her ideas in "The Third Eye." Because I'm sure they did.<p><p>Sure, she's a wacked-out New Agey author with a serious "the white man has ripped me off" tint, but I'd be bitter too if my partial script (submitted through proper Hollywood channels) went on to make someone else a fortune.

  • March 15, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I'm betting it's being used for the opening credits.

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Just picture the cast and producers names being supered over those images. What else could it possibly be used for? A CSI-style montage?

  • March 15, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Matrix series should have been better than Star Wars

    by performingmonkey

    Instead we get one retarded 'cool' scene after another with 'mythical' pseudo-religious bullshit dialogue that doesn't belong on screen it belongs in the Wachoffskis' fucked up heads (one of them's more fucked up than the other, of course...). What a BOREFEST the sequels were.

  • March 15, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Wachowski's Own!

    by Saluki

    Stupidest shit I have heard these past years is junk like "should be damned to hell for all eternity for permanently destroying the movie fight scene" WHAT KIND OF UTTER BULLSHIT IS THAT? They hire Wo Ping to do something kickass, get ripped off, and now they are to blame!? I suppose Cameron & Spielberg should die in a fire for all their early usage of CGI, right? Fuck off. Of course they just provided some rewrites on this one, and Vendetta Director (Matrix Assistant Director) James McTeague did the directing duties. Daniel Craig had my money a long time ago for this one.

  • March 15, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    In answer to your question, Teamwak.

    by DonkeyTron

    The Wachowskis were sued by Sophia Stewart for plagiarism after she saw The Matrix in 1999. She claimed many of the ideas from her manuscript, "The Third Eye" which copyrights back to 1981, were lifted wholesale. Now, I will say that the lawsuit was dismissed because of Ms. Stewart's failure to make a court date. However, like I said in my post, it becomes painfully obvious that their ideas were not their own when you look at the sequels and the fact that they failed to present anything new except a bunch of blathering, new-age bullshit about destiny and free will and the much-loved "cave rave".

  • March 15, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks DonkeyTron

    by Teamwak

    A proper answer. Cheers

  • March 15, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Anyone who so venemously hated Matrix 2 & 3...

    by Johnno

    Has no credibility with me. You didn't like the movies... okay, not your thing, fine... Have some criticisms about acting or pacing or whatever, okay... But by calling them utter shit and attempting to make yourself sound credible by throwing in a few relatable words like 'religious' and 'pseudo' or other jargon like you even knew what you were talking about is just too damned funny.

  • March 15, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I was "in" the faculty, too.

    by Doctor_Sin

    And by that, I mean I slept with a couple hot lady teachers in my time.

  • March 15, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Religion is so pseudo-Matrix

    by Spandau Belly

    Seriously, these church guys so ripped off the Matrix, except their sunglasses aren't as cool.

  • March 15, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    To Saluki

    by zoomddy

    Absolutely they're to blame for killing the fight scene. Sure they did great stuff, but they beat it to death across three movies, which utterly undermined its coolness in part 1. They overdid it, and everyone followed their lead. I would leave them alone, if they had kept parts 2 & 3 to themselves and left well-enough alone.

  • March 15, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    You so right Jackie_O

    by zoomddy

    That rave was the stuff of nightmares. I remember sitting in my theater seat just utterly baffled as it went on . . . and on . . . and on . . . and on. I fear the possibility of an "Extended Cut" of the film where the rave lasts for 84 minutes.

  • March 15, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    This is REALLY sad

    by Edward Brock

    So, WB take Oliver Hirschbiegel, one of the best directors to come up in recent years (Mori credited The Experiment, but he also directed the incredible Downfall) and end up f***ing up his movie? Also, kinda sad to watch the Wachowskis reduced to studio puppets. But maybe they did this only to get the green light for Speed Racer. It didn't work for the Exorcist prequel and I doubt it'll work here.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by Master Bruce


  • March 16, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Remake Back To The Future

    by misnomer

    and Raiders of The Lost Ark! sign the petition at

  • Aug. 3, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Get a life people!

    by dance_girl

    If you don't like what is being made in the film or tv industry, then don't watch it. It's not that difficult and if you want something original and don't like what the professionals are coming up with, then quick your lack-luster bitching and do something about it. Write something original. Constantly complaining on sites like this one doesn't change anything. Just bitching about what you don't like won't change it. Do something about it like; come up with your own original idea and submit it to people. Get in touch with the right people and let them know how you feel about the remakes being done and what you call horrible movies. Are you the professionals who decide what is bad and what is good? No! You are just regular people like me that has an opinion, but unless you express that opinion to the right people things will not be changed. I've been reading your responses on here and I've got to say that you all have absolutely no lives what-so-ever. You are all the lamest people and the most ignorant people I've come across in a long time. Who cares if a woman who used to be a man makes movies. It doesn't make them any less of a professional. Only an ignorant bigot would boycott something because it was made by a trans-sexual or a gay man, or even a lesbian. To all of you out there that have nothing better to do with your lives then bitch about something instead of seeing what you can do to change it.......GET A GOD DAMN LIFE!