Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates Join Day the Earth Stood Still
Since news of The Day the Earth Stood Still being remade arrived in February, the buzz has been rather negative. No one wants to see it get remade, even with the right director or cast. However, another couple of great actors have joined that may spice things up a bit - Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates. They join alongside of Keanu Reeves as Klaatu and director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). Is this sounding any better yet or is still sounding like an unnecessary remake?
Connelly will play Helen Benson, an employee of the United States Department of Commerce who meets Klaatu, which was portrayed by Patricia Neal in the original. Production will start in December up in Vancouver. The remake's screenplay was originally written by Ryne Douglas Pearson (Mercury Rising) with another draft by David Scarpa (The Last Castle) recently. The writers are both rather inexperienced and the director isn't exactly a legend either, which could present a problem for this remake.
Of all the big remakes, sequels, or franchises arriving in 2008 and 2009, this one has the least amount of buzz. For as classic as the original is, I would expect there to be more interest, but I guess everyone is just expecting this to be so bad and so unneeded that it'll flop right off the bat. Even with Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates, I don't think anyone's expectations are changing.