August 17 will mark the return to the big screen of one of science-fiction's most "durably resonant" tales, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The new film, which starsand , is the fourth screen adaptation of the original 1955 novel by .
The first version, released in 1956 and directed by, was a disturbing parable of red scare hysteria, while the 1978 version, directed by , held up a mirror to our cultish fixation with psychobabble. 1993 version, starring , focused on the invasion's impact on the domestic sphere while squeezing in numerous references to Operation Desert Storm.
In the new film, Kidman plays a psychiatrist who realizes that something is going amiss with the people around her following the crash of a space shuttle bearing extraterrestrial spores. The remake will doubtless play on a host of present-day anxieties, including genetic engineering, terrorism, and the outbreak of pandemics.
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