Matt Reeves to write and direct sci-fi thriller based off short story

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
April 11th, 2011

Matt Reeves with Lizzy Caplan on set of CLOVERFIELD

Deadline is reporting that Matt Reeves has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of Ray Nelson's short story titled 8 O'Clock In The Morning. Follow me here; J.J. Abrams has a new movie releasing this summer titled SUPER 8, the last time Reeves teamed up with Abrams was for the film CLOVERFIELD. CLOVERFIELD was about an alien talking over Manhattan, the short story 8 O'Clock In The Morning is about a man who wakes up one morning to find that aliens have been covertly running the world. Aliens, 8, J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves; these all seem to be pieces to a puzzle.

Is SUPER 8 tying into Reeves' new alien film and will it be the long-awaited sequel to CLOVERFIELD? Definitely not. But I did just make you read all of that nonsense...sucker.

Actually 8 O'Clock In The Morning is what Universal used as a source of inspiration for the film THEY LIVE, though it's expected that Reeves will be talking a more literal translation of the story than the Cronenberg classic.

Here's what Reeves had to say about his interpretation:

“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 Snatchersor a Roman Polanski-style film.”

If ever there was a guy to take a high-concept alien film and make it about two annoying socialites in love, it'd be Matt Reeves. Hopefully he takes a lot of his vision from LET ME IN and applies it to something more "original" with this project. We'll let you know when the inevitable viral marketing begins.

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