Way back in 1954, science-fiction author Jack Finney penned a horror book titled The Body Snatchers. Far be it for him to know then, but that story would go onto deliver four film adaptations and counting. As Warner Brothers this week have earmarked a fresh rendition.
According to reports from Deadline, the studio are bringing aboard The Conjuring 2 and Dungeons and Dragons pair David Leslie Johnson and John Davis to pen the script. The narrative was developed into a movie in 1956 as Invasion of the Body Snatchers before doing so again in 1978 under the same name.
That feature would be remembered most fondly, starring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. It would go on to receive two more remakes that would categorically bomb, courtesy of 1993's Body Snatchers and the Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig picture The Invasion. A film that scored a woeful 19% on Rotten Tomatoes.
54 Tale Still As Old As Time
Some horror stories remain timeless, no matter how or when they are retold. Finney's creation followed the events of aliens who planted pods alongside civilians as they slept, only for those pods to open and birth an exact replica of the individual.
Unbeknown to the rest of the community, these invaders would seek and kill their original person and essentially "snatch" their body. It would be left to a local trio of doctors to discover this and act on it, attempting to save the human race in the process.
Johnson and Davis' work seems to suggest that they could bring forth a reboot that would be the right mix of horror, science-fiction and thriller elements to the table. The duo have also been credited with productions like The Predator, Wrath Of The Titans, Red Riding Hood, Conjuring 3 and A Nightmare On Elm Street.
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While that project takes time to source a director, casting members and support crew, Warner Brothers have already locked in key dates for their upcoming slate of DCEU titles. According to Variety, those will include an animated movie on June 1, 2018; an event film on December 13, 2019; a DC film on February 14, 2020, and an additional DC feature on June 5, 2020.
With Wonder Woman 2 locked in and rumored to be filling one of those positions, DC head Geoff Johns told the publication that he is busy getting to work on the screenplay with the original filmmaker.
“Patty (Jenkins) and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns remarked. “The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film.”