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James Cameron Might Direct That Forbidden Planet Remake?!

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December 19, 2008
Source: IESB

James Cameron

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?

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  • peloquin
    This would chance my mind about the project in an instant! I've been quite skeptical since I heard about the remake.
  • nelson
    prefer battle angel but will take hat ever i can
  • Darrin
    i really hope james doesn't do it. i hate remakes. they could never top the original.
  • dan
    i've always wanted a new version of this classic. but it's waaaaaay to early for this to be on the radar. if cameron directs, it'll be 4 years at least.
  • Trent
    It's not a remake - it will be a reimagining - as the article stated. Who better then Iron Jim?
  • Tim "Cloverfield"
    Yes. Indeed you like the classic Alex? You were not fond of the classic TDTESS? Good one # 4. 3.5 years minimum. (before editing)
  • David
    How about he finishes Avatar first.
  • zubzwank
    How about these? John Carpenter's The Thing and The Thing From Another World! Spielberg's War of the Worlds and War of The Worlds (1953). Re-makes, re-imaginings...(hmm)..., updates, whatever. Most of the time they suck...TDTESS 2008?!@$, but they can work. I'll bet on James Cameron. He thinks big and he knows what he's doing. Another perspective: Carpenter's TT was a critical and financial disaster in 1982. Now, it gets listed in "best of's" regularly. I liked it then and i like it better now.
  • werdnafaz
    awwsome!
  • avoidz
    4 years away? In that time the project will probably end up in Brett Ratner's lap.

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