Forbidden Planet Movie Remake Update from JMS

by on September 16, 2010

in Entertainment

FORBIDDEN PLANET with Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis

FORBIDDEN PLANET with Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis

I’ve been patiently waiting for more news on the classic sci fi movie remake of Forbidden Planet from J. Michael Straczynski (JMS). It’s been pretty quiet on that front but I found an update of late on the project.

JMS noted that with James Cameron withdrawing from the project to focus on Avatar 2, Warner Bros had to start looking for a new director. The hard part with the search is that they’re trying to find someone with the right amount of hard-core EFX background who also has an eye for characterization.

These two facets of the director, are what JMS says, will be what makes his remake script work.

JMS sets my mind at ease a bit and adds that Warner Bros does want to get the movie made and they consider it a tentpole movie for their house. They just want to do it with the right director.

FORBIDDEN PLANET with Walter Pidgeon and Robby the Robot

FORBIDDEN PLANET with Walter Pidgeon and Robby the Robot

For me, that makes perfect sense and I’d rather wait a little extra time to get the movie made than have a studio rush willy-nilly to smack just some rushed project into the can.

Good news, I’m sure. Now if they would only hurry up! Sheesh!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Hisenburg October 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I just hope they don’t give any back story of the people that were from that planet…that’s part of what makes the story interesting and mysterious is that we didn’t know much about them but we do know what they created is what destroyed them.

james June 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

One change I would like to see in forbidden planet is, showing a back story of the natives Altair 4, the Krell. And how they developed their technology that destroyed them.

william evers April 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm

a remake for the movie forbidden planet i had once pondered would have included leslie neilson and the memorable anne francis…both would have given stellar performances in their revived roles…without any of the silly slapstick comedy relief…

regrettably, this can no longer be as too much time has passed…

but, i had thoughts that on the return trip from altair, once the dust had settled and after all of the debriefing, robbly would have been dismantled in the interest of science…his total electro-mechanism studied…

curiousity being what it is, robby would have eventually been reassembled and upon the completion of this reassembly, robby reveals the location of another krel-type planet…

of course, the newly revealed planet has to be visited…only problem is, on this planet, the krel are alive and well and very upset that we have stopped by to chat…

their matter-creation machine does its best to wreak havoc…good luck to us…

Jerry O December 10, 2010 at 6:08 am

Why not have JMS himself direct the movie? He is an accomplished TV director who can bring out the hard core SF aspects as well as develop characters and story, as he did with the award winning B5 series.

C.R. Strautman November 30, 2010 at 9:46 am

I don’t know why they don’t get S. Spielberg, he does have some sci-fi experience under his belt. Ridley Scott might be another decent choice…just thinking out loud.

Tom November 18, 2010 at 1:30 am

I remember seeing Forbidden Planet when it first came out as a kid. It left a great mark on me and I have hoped for years that they would do a remake of it. I’ve seen it many times on the big screen at review theaters, and even once at the MGM grand in Vagas on a HUGE screen. WOW. It never misses. The idea of going back and seeing what happened to the first ship and it’s crew is fantastic. I only pray and hope they don’t muck it up like they did with the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” That was awful. But like Paul Hicks above said, “It takes time”. Lets hope not to much longer, we’re not getting any younger. Keep us posterd

Paul Hicks October 31, 2010 at 4:31 am

I hope they hurry up with the remake. I understand it takes time but not this long. Please keep me informed of any new updates. Thanks – A true fan of this classic movie!!!

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