Invasion of the Body Snatchers is getting a reboot at Warner Brothers; for those counting, this will be the 4th remake of the classic property based on the 1954 sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers by author Jack Finney. The first film, directed by Don Siegel, was released in 1956 and was a perfect metaphor for the McCarthy-era “Red Scare”. Next came 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers which features a knock-out performance from Donald Sutherland. We got Body Snatchers in Donald SutherlandDonald Sutherland1993 and the underwhelming The Invasion in 2007.
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The current socio-political climate makes the timing of a new Invasion movie especially apropos. So what can fans expect?
EXCLUSIVE: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is coming to a pod near you, courtesy of producer John Davis and Warner Bros. David Leslie Johnson (Dungeons And Dragons, The Conjuring 2) is penning another remake of the classic film — and there couldn’t be a better remake to do. In the 1970s, the last time it was remade with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Kevin McCarthy (who had been in the first remake), the United Artists movie became a political statement about cult leaders and conspiracy theorists in the time when 900 people died at Jonestown. It has those kind of undertones.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (my personal favorite) below.
Official Synopsis: This remake of the classic horror film is set in San Francisco. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) assumes that when a friend (Brooke Adams) complains of her husband’s strange mood, it’s a marital issue. However, he begins to worry as more people report similar observations. His concern is confirmed when writer Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) and his wife (Veronica Cartwright) discover a mutated corpse. Besieged by an invisible enemy, Bennell must work quickly before the city is consumed.