Michael Giacchino To Direct A New Adaptation Of 'Them!'
Composer and director Michael Giacchino will undertake a reboot of Them!, a creature feature from 1954, that saw a small town in New Mexico over run by large, really large ants, a menace that would later expand to the coast of California.
Hoping to bring the premise of Them! to a more updated setting, Michael Giacchino, along with Warner Bros., seem to be excited for the project's beginnings. Currently, the director is sitting down with writers to try and hammer out a story for the reboot, which, with fingers crossed, could begin major production by summertime.
Originally conceived to be in 3-D, Them! was Warner Bros. highest grossing film in the year 1954. Directed by Gordon Douglas and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arnes, and Fess Parker, Them! would go onto to make over $2 million by the end of the year, and earn actor Fess Parker the role of a lifetime as Disney's Davy Crockett in a five part miniseries.
No stranger to Disney himself, composer and director Michael Giachinno enjoyed great success with his Marvel Studios TV special, Werewolf by Night, which he also scored. Along with superb acting from Gael García Bernal, Laura Donnelly, and Kirk R. Thatcher, Werewolf by Night was well-received by both audiences and critics, and was truly an early Halloween treat last year.
“There’s always a movie in your mind that never leaves your head,” says Giacchino, who sat down with Deadline recently, who continues to say, “For me, that’s Them! It wasn’t until much later in life until I learned what it was about — the nuclear age.”
To say that the director has had ants on his mind for a bit, would be an understatement, and I for one am happy to see Them! getting the reboot treatment -- and side note, these are the kinds of movies that need reboots and remakes -- because it's the perfect film to do so with. It might still have a way to go before it makes a streaming or theatrical premiere, but a reboot of Them! would be the perfect kind of film to enjoy during the blazing hot heat of summertime.