James Cameron Might Direct That Forbidden Planet Remake?!
Am I dreaming? Unlike those ridiculous Eddie Murphy rumors, IESB has hit us with a solid scoop regarding the in-development Forbidden Planet remake. The script is being written by J. Michael Straczynski and the project has been gaining momentum recently inside of Warner Brothers. Apparently it's none other than James Cameron who has been looking at directing the remake. Cameron has been circling the project for years, including showing an interest back in 1998, but that version fell through. Now he's showed an interest again in this version. If this indeed turns out to be true, it might be the best news I've heard all year!
As I'm sure everyone knows, Forbidden Planet was a 1956 sci-fi film about a starship crew that is sent to investigate another planet. In a previous interview, Straczynski said that his version is not exactly a remake: "It's not a remake. It's not a reimagining. It's not exactly a prequel. You'll have to see it." With Straczynski mentioning that they must "have this one be as innovative now as the original was then," I couldn't think of a more innovate filmmaker at this very moment than James Cameron. That's all part of why this news is so exciting to me, especially because I was already looking forward to this remake anyway.
This news isn't official or confirmed yet, and IESB only says that Cameron is "eyeing the project and is very interested in helming." Obviously a lot of details will need to be worked out before it's official. And if he does take on this project, we probably wouldn't see it for at least three or four more years, as he's still 100% dedicated to Avatar until next December when it hits theaters. Anyone else excited by this news?