It’s been a while since we’ve had a movie about giant nuclear ants, but Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino has us covered. Deadline has reported that Michael Giacchino will make his big-screen directorial debut with a reboot of Them! for Warner Bros.
The original Them! was directed by Gordon Douglas and dealt with ants that had been mutated into giant man-eating monsters following nuclear tests in New Mexico. “There’s always a movie in your mind that never leaves your head,Michael Giacchino told Deadline. “For me it is Them! It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned what it was all about, the atomic age. What I love about Them! is exactly what it is called: Them!. It is about the other, the unknown, which one refuses or cannot understand.Giacchino added, “The current version of Them! is about immigration and telling a story about the subject through the lens of this crazy science fiction monster movie.“He is currently meeting with writers to develop the project with the hope that production can begin soon. The original film starred James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon and James Arness and even included a pre-Star Trek Leonard Nimoy.
Although Michael Giacchino is best known as the composer behind such films Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Batman, and more, he’s recently started dipping his toe into the world of directing. He was behind the short film Monster challenge as well as an episode of Star Trek: Short Treksbut it was Marvel’s Werewolf at night that caught Warner Bros. “Michael Giacchino is a unique talent. We are happy to work with him and have him in the studio,” said Warner Bros. Pictures President of Production and Development Jesse Ehrman.
Werewolf By Night takes place on a dark and gloomy night as a secret cabal of monster hunters emerges from the shadows and gathers at the attacking Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader. In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the participants are thrown into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic – a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster. The special presentation was a success, and Michael Giacchino has teased that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is eager for more “one-and-done” stories. You can find a review of Werewolf at night from our very own Alex Maidy right here.