‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’: A Retrospective

Last week brought the announcement that Warner Bros. has launched a new remake of the sci-fi horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with The Conjuring 2 screenwriter David Leslie Johnson to pen the script and John Davis (Predator) to produce. Since this latest remake marks the fifth-time author Jack Finney’s 1955 iconic novel The […]
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake coming from The Conjuring 2 writer and Predator producer

Another remake is on the way, and this time it’s for a film that has had several remakes already.

Deadline is reporting Warner Bros. is set to remake Invasion of the Body Snatchers and has hired The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson to pen the script. He will be joined by John Davis, producer of the Predator films, including the forthcoming The Predator, who will produce the new version.

The original film was based on the 1954 sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers written by Jack Finney. It followed a doctor in a small town who becomes convinced that the residents are being replaced by a race of aliens and attempts to uncover their invasion. Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released in 1956 and was directed by Don Siegel with Kevin McCarthy starring; it was remade for the first time in 1978 from Philip Kaufman and starred Donald Sutherland. Subsequent remakes
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New 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' on its Way from 'The Conjuring 2' Writer

David Leslie Johnson, whose credits include The Conjuring 2, Orphan and Wrath of the Titans, as well as the upcoming The Conjuring 3 and Dungeons and Dragons, has been tapped to write a new version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, according to Deadline. John Davis (The Predator) will produce. Jack Finney wrote the novel that started it all, titled The Body Snatchers. First published in 1954, it envisioned the town of Mill Valley, California under invasion by seeds from space that have drifted to Earth. The seeds bloom into pods; once in proximity to sleeping humans, the pods grow into exact duplicates of the humans, only without emotions or independent thoughts. The humans then die. It wasn't the first science fiction novel to tackle the idea of plants somehow becoming a...

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A Fifth Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Movie Is Headed Our Way

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is undoubtedly one of the most iconic stories in science fiction, which is perhaps why it’s been resurrected in cinema on a semi-regular basis. Since the first version of the tale arrived in theatres in 1956, we’ve seen a further three takes on that same narrative – some attempting to apply the social concerns of the time to the themes explored in the story. Now, we have a fifth heading our way, and this one comes from Warner Bros.

The source material is the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney – which began life as a serial published in Colliers Magazine in 1954. For those unfamiliar, the story sees alien seeds drift to Earth through space, and grow emotionally void clones of unsuspecting town residents while they sleep. The residents are then turned to dust, and the clones replace them in their community. The clones do not reproduce,
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Warner Bros. to remake fourth Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Author: Zehra Phelan

Warner Bros. alongside producer John Davis are about to embark on another remake, this time coming in the form of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

This latest outing will be the fourth time in which the story has been resurrected, the first being in 1958 which had Don Siegel at the helm and had tones of film noir, the remake came twenty years later in 1978, directed by Philip Kaufman and starred Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy and Brooke Adams and was considered to be one of the greatest film remakes. The most recent, entitled The Invasion, came in 2007 and starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig was a complete box office disaster.

Based on Jack Finney’s 1954 sci-fi novel, The story takes place in a small town invaded by aliens who plant pods that eventually open to become humans, a copy of those who lived in the town.
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‘The Conjuring 2’ Writer To Pen ‘Body Snatchers’ Remake

David Leslie Johnson, co-writer of The Conjuring 2, is set to pen the remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers for Warner Bros. Pictures. The film will be stripped back and adapted from the 1955 source material – the novel by Jack Finney, so reports Deadline. More on the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers remake below.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers remake a go at Warner Bros. Pictures

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The new version is the first time the work has been adapted for the screen since the 1978 version with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Kevin McCarthy. Before that was the 1956 American science fiction horror film produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Don Siegel. Here’s a little more about the story from the original novel’s synopsis.

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr.
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Warner Bros. Ready to Remake Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Again)

In the studio world's constant quest to mine familiar IP, this one was inevitable, folks. Deadline reported this afternoon that Warner Bros. has hired veteran producer John Davis (Predator, Alien vs. Predator, And Predators!) to lead the development of a new adaptation of Jack Finney's 1954 novel "The Body Snatchers", with The Conjuring 2 scribe David Leslie Johnson along for the ride. Davis is a man with a bazillion projects in development, so we'll just have to see how far this goes. Though in terms of sure bets this one should be firing on all cylinders. If you're a reader of ScreenAnarchy than you are no doubt a fan of at least one of the four film adaptations that's been made from the source material...

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Prepare yourself for yet another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Break out the pods because it seems as though there's yet another remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers on the way. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is developing what will be the fifth feature-film adaptation of Jack Finney's "The Body Snatchers". The novel takes place in a small town which has been invaded by alien pods which have drifted to Earth from... Read More...
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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: another remake coming

Nick Harley Jul 20, 2017

The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson will write the latest Body Snatchers remake...

Body snatchers are evergreen. A(nother) remake of the science fiction staple Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is in development at Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After the idea of a silent alien invasion that threatens to turn the world’s population into a horde of replicant drones was published by Jack Finney as a magazine series called The Body Snatchers, direct adaptations and countless other films and TV shows have made Finney’s concept a specific sci-fi genre. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956), which stuck closely to Finney’s source material, and a 1978 remake starring Donald Sutherland, are considered horror classics, so it’s no wonder Warner Bros. is looking to return to the well.

David Leslie Johnson will pen the script for the new Snatchers. Johnson has had success
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There’s Going to be Another Invasion of the Body Snatchers Remake

Warner Bros. has tapped David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) to pen a script for another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, according to Deadline. This marks the fifth time that Jack Finney’s 1955 sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers… Continue Reading →

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‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Remake in the Works at Warner Bros.

‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Remake in the Works at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has launched a remake of the classic science-fiction movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and set the project up with producer John Davis.

The Conjuring 2” screenwriter David Leslie Johnson has been tapped to write the script.

The original 1956 movie is based on Jack Finney’s 1954 novel “The Body Snatchers” in which the small California town of Mill Valley is invaded by aliens plant pods, which replicate humans as they sleep. The resulting replicants have no emotion.

The movie, set in the fictional California town of Santa Mira and shot in less than three weeks in black and white in Sierra Madre, Glendale, Chatsworth and Los Felix, ended with the aliens taking over. It was produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel and starred Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers” grossed $3 million in its initial release and grew in critical stature to the point that it was selected in 1994 for
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Newswire: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is getting yet another remake

Since it seems like the idea of everyone you know being replaced by some kind of other will never not be relevant, Warner Bros. has decided to remake Invasion Of The Body Snatchers for a fourth time. This comes from Deadline, which says the latest version of the story comes from producer John Davis and The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson. Like all of the others, this latest movie will be based on Jack Finney’s 1954 sci-fi novel about alien replicas that come out of pods and gradually take the place of everyone in a small town.

The book was first adapted into a movie in 1956, but the 1978 version—starring Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams—was a big hit, and it introduced the now-iconic concept of the pod people letting out a scream when they discover humans. The most recent remake, The Invasion, came in 2007 ...
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‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Scaring Up (Another) Remake at Warner Bros.

‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Scaring Up (Another) Remake at Warner Bros.
Just in time for the ten-year anniversary of its last remake, Warner Bros. is reportedly scaring up yet another take on the 1956 horror classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Deadline reports that John Davis will produce the new version for the studio, with David Leslie Johnson (best known for “The Conjuring 2” and “Orphan,” and recently tapped for both “Dungeons & Dragons” and the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remake) on board to write the script.

Based on the 1954 novel “The Body Snatchers” from Jack Finney, “Invasion” has been adapted for the big screen repeatedly, first with Don Siegel’s original hit, which was later followed by Philip Kaufman’s lauded 1978 remake (also a hit) and Abel Ferrera’s 1993 “Body Snatchers.”

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In 2007, Oliver Hirschbiegel tried his hand at a new take, starring
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‘The Conjuring 2’ Writer Penning ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Remake

‘The Conjuring 2’ Writer Penning ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Remake
Jack Finney’s 1954 novel The Body Snatchers first became the feature film Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1956, which was followed by a same-named remake in 1978. And let’s not forget 1993’s Body Snatchers and 2007’s The Invasion, both based on the novel. Forty years later, a brand new adaptation is in the works. Deadline […]
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers ’78

Generally considered at least the equal or maybe (!) the better of Don Siegel’s influential 1956 classic, Phil Kaufman’s 1978 update transposes Jack Finney’s paranoid original to a new age San Francisco setting. Some have pointed out that a story based on people becoming suspicious of their neighbors’ unusual behavior might be better set somewhere other than San Francisco, but it’s pretty widely accepted that this is the best of the remakes (1992, 1997).
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Abel Ferrara interview: Driller Killer, Bad Lieutenant, Body Snatchers

Ryan Lambie Nov 24, 2016

Maverick director Abel Ferrara talks to us about his career in movies, from Driller Killer to Bad Lieutenant and Body Snatchers...

When British distributor Vipco put out full-age ads depicting a particularly bloody scene from Driller Killer, the movie became an unwitting part of the 'video nasty' moral flap of the early 80s. Suddenly, director Abel Ferrara's low-budget, quick-and-dirty horror-arthouse-drama about a young artist going crazy in Manhattan was lumped in with such films as Cannibal Holocaust, Last House On The Left and the tawdry SS Experiment Camp.

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Banned from 1984 until 1999 (when it was released with nearly a minute of cuts), Driller Killer is about to get a restored, 4K edition courtesy of Arrow Films, which presents the original theatrical version
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Mars Attacks: Breaking Down 5 Types of Alien-Invasion Movies

Mars Attacks: Breaking Down 5 Types of Alien-Invasion Movies
Multiplexes across the country are going to be invaded this weekend by Arrival, a moving sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams as a linguist who helps the U.S. government communicate with mysterious visitors from another world. The film represents Hollywood's latest attempt to speculate on what might happen if we're ever actually contacted by extraterrestrials. Will they be green-skinned warlords with creepy antennae? Grayish waifs who come bearing gifts? Sexy supermodels with nefarious agendas? Or something else altogether?

Since the 1950s, movies have sent so many aliens to Earth that
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Body Snatchers

Is the third time the charm for Jack Finney's stubborn human duplicator pods? Abel Ferrara keeps the faith and makes a straight, effective revisit of the paranoid classic. Does it all seem too familiar now, or are we just more Pod-like and less excitable? Body Snatchers Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1993 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Gabrielle Anwar, Forest Whitaker, Meg Tilly, Terry Kinney, Billy Wirth, Reilly Murphy, Christine Elise, R. Lee Ermey, Kathleen Doyle, G. Elvis Phillips. Cinematography Bojan Bazelli Film Editor Anthony Redman Original Music Joe Delia Screenplay Dennis Paoli, Nicholas St. John, Stuart Gordon story by Raymond Cistheri, Larry Cohen, from the novel by Jack Finney Produced by Robert H. Solo Directed by Abel Ferrara

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Still the most potent and meaningful movie expression of modern paranoia is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the first film made
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Warner Archive to Release Body Snatchers on Blu-ray

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Scream Factory recently unleashed 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray, and soon Warner Bros. will release Abel Ferrara's 1993 adaptation of Jack Finney's seminal novel on Blu-ray. reports that Body Snatchers (1993) will be released on Blu-ray with a brand new remaster by Warner Archive. According to Amazon, the Blu-ray will come out on October 18th. Below, we have a look at the cover art, official synopsis, and list of special features.

From "Synopsis: Don't sleep. Don't ever sleep. That's when it happens. That's when tentacles leave the alien pod and enter your ears and nostrils. Soon you're not you anymore. You've been taken over, a victim of Body Snatchers.

A science-fiction classic gets an eerie, modern update in this spellbinder inspired by 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers and from the producer of the 1978 remake. Advances in screen special effects
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