As we reported last week, the long-in-production remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was taken away from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel shortly after he delivered his first cut (by the way -- German? With that name, woulda thought Irish), and turned over to the WachowskiBrothers and V for Vendetta director James McTeigue for a re-working. Warner Brothers was reportedly unhappy with the lack of action in Hirschbiegel's take; seems to me that if you hire a guy whose last project was a three hour biography of Adolph Hitler, you should know what you're getting into, but then I don't run a major studio. The Invasion stars blonde, pale, and icy duo Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, two bodies a lot of people would like to snatch. Invasion of the Body Snatchers has already been remade many times, most successfully in the excellent 1978 take with Donald Sutherland.
So what are the Wachowskis doing to the pic? The latest Hollywood dish on the movie comes from a highly unlikely source: a scientist. David Bolinsky, former lead medical instructor at Yale, has completed a short computer-generated film called The Inner Life of the Cell. It seems everyone wants a piece of that hot white blood cell action, and not just the usual museums and universities. Bolinsky is quoted by Wired as saying, "We got a call from Warner Bros. Pictures. Apparently the Wachowski brothers, the guys who did The Matrix, are doing a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and they had come across our animation and they wanted to know if we'd be interested in re-rendering it at film resolution so it could be included in some way as (part) of the special effects they're planning for the movie. So right now their lawyers are talking with the Harvard lawyers about the possibility of this."
Sleazy Hollywood types duking it out with nerdy scientist types? Now that sounds like a movie I'd want to see! Look for the turbo-charged new version of The Invasion...sometime in the future, now with what's sure to be lots of slow-motion shots of white blood cells blowing up national landmarks.