J. Michael Straczynski Provides an Update on Forbidden Planet
You know what project we haven't heard about in a while? That Forbidden Planet remake J. Michael Straczynski was writing for Joel Silver! Let's not forget that rumor from last year that James Cameron was going to direct. But who can we go to for an update? How about J. Michael Straczynski himself! Collider caught up with the screenwriter at the press junket for Ninja Assassin (which he co-wrote) and asked him about a whole bunch of projects he's been working on, but the most interesting updates he gave were for Forbidden Planet. He's talked about it before, but this time was asked how faithful it'll be to the original.
"I think if you're a fan of the original as I am and have always been, I think it's very faithful to that. We've actually decided to show more of the first ship when it first arrived 20 years earlier to sort of counterpoint what's happening in the present story. But Warners is very excited about it, thinks it's a big franchise for them and a huge budget, so they're very much oriented toward getting it done.
Straczynski was also asked if he's added a lot more action to the story beyond what's in the original movie.
"There's a little more action but it's still a strong character piece because it's based on The Tempest and the idea of a father whose daughter is being courted by, in the original play, sailors that are washed up on shore. You need to have that dynamic still in place to respect the original and the source material. So there's a fair amount of talking but there's some really cool action pieces in it as well."
So Warner Brothers wants this Forbidden Planet remake to be the start of a big, new franchise? They better have learned from the mistakes Fox made on The Day the Earth Stood Still, since the remake didn't fare too well. As long as they find a good director and keep tweaking that script to perfection, I think we'll be fine. I loved what Straczynski said about his version last year and I'm still excited for this, mainly because I'm a big sci-fi nut and I've still got faith in Straczynski as a screenwriter. I like what he's saying here as well, but I'm just waiting to hear about who is directing this before I get too excited for it. Any idea who it might be?