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  • New Forbidden Planet

    Saw this on Science-Fiction Weekly on SCI-FI.com

    News for the week of Nov 3

    ''Straczynski Updating Forbidden

    Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who also wrote Clint Eastwood's upcoming Changeling, is writing a long-in-the-works update of the SF classic Forbidden Planet for Warner Brothers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.

    Warner picked up the project on the down-low earlier this year. As late as last year, it was set up at DreamWorks, with David Twohy attached to direct. Prior to that, New Line had it. James Cameron, Nelson Gidding and Stirling Silliphant have been associated with the remake over the years.

    Released in 1956, Planet told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet. The movie is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

    The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, but is perhaps best known for the character Robbie the Robot.''

    My first reaction is: WHY?? Remake mania MUST STOP!!

    My second reaction is: well, JMS would do a good job of it, but still, WHY?
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  • #2
    Even these days, Forbidden Planet stands strong. You could lose some of the stupidity (the drunken chef for example), but

    1/ The Louis and Bebe Barron soundtrack
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_and_Bebe_Barron
    I wouldn't want to mess with.

    2/ The casting was also quite superb.

    3/ Even the special effects were well done. Compare what they did (in the fifties), with "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" (made a decade later) and rightly and riotously mocked on MST3K.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0655481/

    I love everything Babylon 5 [The Common People: "Oh fer crissakes give it a rest, Des!!"], but Straczynski also did "Jake and the fat man" [The Common People: "What? That?!"].

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    • #3
      Dunno, I always wondered what Cookie and Robbie did while Cookie was drunk on the rocket bourbon, 'specially after his ''Is it a male or female robot?'' comment

      I think JMS also did some Murder She Wrote episodes, too.

      Ya gotta start somewheres.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by DeepFixer View Post
        Dunno, I always wondered what Cookie and Robbie did while Cookie was drunk on the rocket bourbon, 'specially after his ''Is it a male or female robot?'' comment
        Yeah, that "Forbidden Planet" thing had nothing to do with the Krell, ya know....

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        • #5
          Cameron to helm?

          http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/12/...planet-remake/
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          • #6
            Why complain about a remake? Forbidden Planet is nothing more than an updated remake of Shakespeare's Tempest. Well shouldn't say nothing more since it is a very good movie. Loved those sound effects
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Wolfshead View Post
              Why complain about a remake?
              Just the fact that 'They' (i.e.Hollywood) are remaking films that don't need to be remade.

              If all They can do is remake what has gone before, what's the point?
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              • #8
                This remake...did....did it died?
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