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THE INVASION

About The Production
"For me to imagine a world where every crisis did not result in new atrocities, where every newspaper was not filled with war and violence, that is to imagine a world where human beings cease to be human.”

Since it was published in 1955, Jack Finney's classic novel The Body Snatchers has become regarded as one of the most resonant examples of the power of science fiction to explore social and political paradigms of a given era. In 1956, the first film adaptation provided subtextual commentary on the so-called "Red Scare” that was gripping the nation; while the 1978 remake, released in the wake of the Vietnam war and Watergate scandal, echoed the fears of a population that had ceased to trust its leaders.

This latest adaptation, says Silver, puts a marked twist in the very notion of alien invasion, touching on contemporary cultural issues stemming from fear of pandemic to social and political unrest. "The film poses the idea that an invasion can occur without ships, without the physical presence of aliens. We're at a time now in which the notion of a pandemic is a real and present threat. What if our destruction could come not at the hands of invaders but through the introduction of microbes? What's scariest is being confronted by something that could just creep in and take over without anyone knowing until it's almost too late.”

In a contemporary world, what happens when the people charged with protecting the public are the first to be changed? "If you sense something is wrong but the government, the news, the scientist in charge of stopping a disease…everyone is telling you everything's okay, people tend to think it's just paranoia,” says Silver. "That's how power can slip away – power to stop it or warn people on a mass scale. The main characters in this story have to learn to trust what they're seeing with their own eyes before it goes past the point of doing anything about it.”

"The Invasion” is a thriller that unfolds through the eyes of a Washington, DC psychiatrist, Carol Bennell, a woman whose child is taken from her at the moment in which the world changes almost overnight. "To me, the crux of the story is this woman's journey in relation to her child,” says Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, who stars as Carol. "That's the thing that interested me. The rush of adrenalin that comes in the desire to save this person that you've given birth to—this person you love more than anything in the world—ignites these emotions that otherwise we have no access to. I have two children, so I understand the protection and unconditional love that are attached to those small people.”

Screenwriter David Kajganich notes, "In the Finney novel the alien presence simply wants to survive. But survival takes different forms. You just have to look around our world today to see that power inspires nothing more than the desire to retain it and to eliminate anything that threatens it. It's no accident that the vehicle for this invasion lands at the nation's seat of power in Washington, DC.”

"‘The Invasion' is a thriller that unfolds in a world that is very recognizable world of today,” says producer Joel Silver. "In an era of enormous political, social and environmental paranoia, it really felt for us that now was the right time to make this film. David Kasganich wrote an original screenplay that takes a fresh approach to the ideas in the novel. This movie is thrilling and exciting but with a deeper layer of undertones.”

To bring to life a totally contemporary and realistic take on the story, Silver brought in acclaimed German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, fresh off the multiple award-winning film "Downfall,” his intimate and unsettling portrait of Hitler's final days. "‘Downfall' just blew me away,” says the producer. "He brought such intensity, claustrophobia and intimacy to that pa

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