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Exclusive! We've Got New Details On That Joel Silver/J. Michael Straczynski "Remake" Of FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Beaks here...

Last Friday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about J. Michael Straczynski writing a "remake" of FORBIDDEN PLANET for producer Joel Silver. Today, we have additional info that indicates this is not so much a "remake" as a complementary piece to the Fred M. Wilcox/Cyril Hume classic. According to Harry, Straczynski's screenplay will essentially act as if Altair 4 didn't blow up. (HARRY HERE: Actually, I don't know that - that is what they're doing, only that my source said it would be less of a remake and more of a continuation. What I told Beaks was, so I "guess" that'd be if they act like the planet didn't blow up in the original film. Sorry for the confusion) We don't have much in the way of story details, but we do know that Straczynski was not shy about paying homage to FORBIDDEN PLANET in BABYLON 5, so it's not a surprise that he would want to honor the integrity of Wilcox's visionary film. As for the look of the film, it will apparently be an "enormous, giant, retro sci-fi movie"; in other words, they're going to implement the design of the original rather than attempt something modern. As Harry said, nothing "sleek or chromy" like Fox would do. (HARRY HERE: In fact my source says that Robby The Robot as we know him, will be implemented in the film.) We do not know who is directing just yet, but, for now, it sounds like Silver and Straczynski are doing right by FORBIDDEN PLANET. In other JMS news, you might be interested to know that he just completed his rewrite for THOR.

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  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by Briannicus

    Not likely but it would be nice

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Okay... okay....

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Color me interested.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I am shocked

    by Briannicus

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Do some more Babylon 5 movies.

    by JKrow21

    Then I'll be more interested.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I am shocked take 2

    by Briannicus

    Never really cared about being first, it is a nice little novelty though. This could be interesting though, would be interesting to see where the story goes from here.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Read the Twelve

    by Series7

    Before it becomes a movie. Plus its a pretty rootin tooin good time.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Straczynski Rocks....

    by bandus

    This sounds pretty cool. One of my favorite stories by him was Kraven's Last Hunt. I remember reading that and was blown away by it.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Since the rewrite is done, does that mean Charlie Hunnam has been casted as Thor yet? As well as Matt Damon as Captain America yet?

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    'Reboot' Godfather II next please.

    by Baron Karza

    Then No Country for Old Men.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Re:Baron Karza

    by kingben

    It's clearly not a reboot. It is a complentary piece. and No Country For Old Men wasn't even that great. The book was better and it robbed There Will Be Blood out of several Oscars

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I hope they

    by Series7

    Reboot The Hulk for another go.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I heard the THOR script was supposedly great?

    by cowboyone

    If so, why the rewrite.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Retro sci-fi is the way to go, future sci-fi sucks.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Big rocket ships that look like rockets! Big flying saucers that look like saucers!<p>Forbidden Planet had a cool production design. A sprawling retro sci-fi epic WITH NO TIME TRAVEL is what I need right now. I wish I had the ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ZOOM IN OUTER SPACE on DVD, that was fun stuff.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by photoboy

    I thought JMS would do a good job of being faithful to the original. The retro look sounds fun as well, as long as it doesn't end up being like Skycaptain...<br><br> It just shows you don't need to turn your spaceship bridge into an Apple store to make a good sci-fi film...

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    If you can make it look like the original...

    by Ray Gamma

    You could play on the idea of 're-visiting' the planet. It would be amazing to see a new movie with today's effects but depicting the exact same planet and designs of the original. Do it!

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    The remake will suck. The original is HILARIOUSLY awesome. Smoke a big fat joint and watch it with friends.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    JMS probably rewrote Thor...

    by BEARison Ford

    to drop the budget down a few trillion dollars.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Do Fox even do "sleek or chromy"?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Shitty and crummy more like.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    World War Z

    by c4andmore

    Isn't he the one that wrote the "oscar worthy" script for WWZ? and if so, where can I read it?

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    "I was giving myself an oil job." Robbie the Robot

    by Leafar the Lost

    "Forbidden Planet" is loaded with suggestive quotes. I just saw it again last night on TCM, and I was "blown" away by how good it was. A remake would suck, but if its going to happen then Straczynski should write it. I would pay hommage to it, but don't just remake the original. The War of the Worlds remake, with Tommy "I was molested by priests" Cruise was actually really good. It paid hommage to the original, but the storyline took a terrorist slant that I really liked. Also, there should be a B5 movie, but we need to wait about 5 more years for that. My advice would be to make one and it it is successful, make the next four movies back to back...where am I?

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but... Altair IV DID blow up

    by Drunken Rage

    so... WTF?

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    londo should be in this in the walter pigeon role

    by picardsucks

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    This could actually work

    by Manos

    Make it a semi-sequal, taking place decades later. Keep Altair 4 in ashes. Just find another Krell world.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I loves me some B5, but it's dead...

    by Negative Man

    <p>...Let it rest in peace. It's time is past and memory tarnished by some truly lackluster followups. It was a unique moment in TV history when we were in the last gasps of local broadcasting and independent networks. The last moments of weeknight prime-time, non-cable, original syndicated material. It survived through the early WB and UPN era, but it couldn't survive the move to cable and the budget cuts that came with it. I would love to see some original science fiction as penned by JMS, but let Babylon 5 and her crew rest in peace.</p><p>But, still, I would love to see what happens on...say...Babylon VII...</p>

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Leave Robbie THE SAME but...

    by Stark Industries

    Make him high-gloss, and part of the film showing installation of new options/weapons/defenses/etc. but PLEASE leave him the same! (Ok, I have a thing for Armored Heros... :) ) - Stark

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I MEAN IT! (I'm working on new Repulsors if you don't!)

    by Stark Industries

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Gotta have Leslie Neilsen in it

    by The cunning linguist

    The captain makes his way back to Altair. "Surely you remember you shouldn't land here!" "Yes I do, and don't call me surely!";-)

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I have an idea... set it in the far past in the 1600's

    by MurderMostFowl

    Instead of Robbie the robot, let's make him be a fairy, sort of an air spirit. Yes, and then We'll call the Proessor Prospero... that will have a nice Italian feel to it, and we're name his daughter... Miranda. Oh wait... nevermind.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by MasterShake

    Undo the tragedy of the Twilight Zone and bring back the C-57D! Hell, get cameos from Leslie Nielson and Anne Francis as retired admiral JJ Adams and Altaira! I LOVE Forbidden Planet. I'm stoked! I can't wait! My GOD, somebody take this keyboard away!

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but...

    by TinkerTIW

    Altair 4 DID blow up.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    This could work

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    but they need to have ninjas in it.<p> Lots'n Lots'n Lots'n Lots'n Lots'n Lots'n Lots'n Lots'n ninjas

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Altair 4

    by MasterShake

    OR... Did Morbius' mind merge with the Krell machine at the end and with all that power he faked it making it SEEM Altair 4 exploded. Huh, huh? Or, they just find a new Krell world, MAYBE with a few Krell still hanging around.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, let Morbius do his psychotherapy...

    by zinc_chameleon

    At warp speed, and fake the destruction of Altair 4. You can do really good scifi this way, by getting some reputable scientists to figure out how Krell technology would work, and then let Morbius have to figure it out while the machines were self-destructing. They'll need some British types like Alastair Reynolds and Steven Baxter. The mistake would be to get too close to 'Stars Wars' mysticism.

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    There are tons of things in the original film that , at first glance anyway , look to have influenced Roddenberry a ton! The suspension beams become the transporters, The ladies man captain, heck , when they go to see Morbius it's the Captain, The Dr , and the Science officer who go! great film and I should've bought the special edition with the Robby the Robot figure inside ...

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    If it looks like the old movie,

    by topaz4206

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    If it looks like the old movie,

    by topaz4206

    Why not just watch the old movie?

  • Nov. 5, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Glad they are paying respect

    by deanbarry

    Doesn't mean it will be good though. How long until a remake of film is called for a week after it's initial release? OUTTER CONTROL HOLYWOODLAND!

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    JMS may well be up

    by the podosphere

    for an Oscar. How cool is that!

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    will it feature Robbie The Williams?

    by Maniaq


  • Nov. 6, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST


    by Kentucky Colonel

    If only "The Day The Earth Stood Still" remake had been (will be) as respectful....

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Forbidden Planet is a great movie

    by Second Try

    I doubt this sequel would compare to it.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I used to think JMS could do no wrong...

    by ATARI

    but then there was B% season 5, and then Legend of the Rangers...

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Original Robby the Robot is in this?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I am so going to see this then. Robby was even cooler than the Lost in Space Robot, even though he did get his ass kicked by it on an episode.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Robby also made a guest appearance in

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    ARK II. That would be a good show to remake, or do as a movie. Yes, I'm actually suggesting a remake only because the show 1) didn't last for a full season and 2) we never got a background/origin story as to where the crew came from, who they reported to, or how the world came to be as it was.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Atari -

    by VAwitch

    With all due respect, JMS isn't totally responsible for the garbage that was Legend of the Rangers - that was largely due to SciFi not promoting it, nor giving him the budget to make it good. As for B5 S5 - what was wrong with it?<B> <B>As for the topic - I will W&S how respectful they are to the source/original. Though I am excited he's been brought in for Thor. At the rate things are coming about about that film, looks like Capt will round out the pre-Avengers movies (haven't heard much on that film).

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by VAwitch

    paragraph breaks - how do you do them? TYIA

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Robby the Robot was on Mork & Mindy

    by ArcadianDS

    I think Mork built him.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Remake-mania continues...

    by NoHubris opposed to ratcheting up fresh, new, and exciting material.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Robby the Robot IMDB link

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Robby in all his glory.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Legend of the Rangers...

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>...sucked because it sucked, not because of a lack of promotion or crappy effects. JMS was always a little too obsessed with the rangers, yet they never quite seemed like the badasses he made them out to be. The Fremen would rip em apart.</p> <p>As for S5, it had some good parts but it just wasn't as fun to watch as the rest. I just recently rewatched the whole show and I was watching 1-2 episodes a night until S5 came along. That took me over two months to get through. There was nothing to look forward too in that season, except for the potential of a telepath war that we would never get to see.</p>

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Roddenberry ripped off Forbidden Planet to...

    by Leafar the Lost

    ...create Star Trek. The "United Planets" became the "Federation". I get it now. I have always suspected that Roddenberry was a scam artist, but now I know for sure. Whoever wrote the script for Forbidden Planet should have used the hell out of Roddenberry. Oh, and he had an affair with Uhuru too...

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Don Lockwood

    JMS isn't. He wrote Changeling, didn't he?

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Roddenberry and Forbidden Planet

    by NoHubris

    Roddenberry also borrowed the visuals of the "D.C. stations" from the Forbidden Planet space ship and used them to design the transporter.<p>Check it out from the first scene before they land on the planet.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Sweet...I love Forbidden Planet

    by Nizzuts

    I hope they don't remake it...a continuation story could be cool though. Maybe if they remake it they could get Neilson to play Dr. Morbius

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Leslie Nielsen should reprise his role!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    Why NOT have the new movie take place 52 years after the end of the original?

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    coming soon the long awaited sequel to Metropolis!

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Followed by the sequel to Birth of a Nation! These classic films have a massive built in audience for us to tap!

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Negative Man: "But, still..."

    by mbeemer

    "..., I would love to see what happens on...say...Babylon VII..."<p> Uh uh - No VII. "This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations...", remember?

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    VAWitch - paragraph breaks:

    by mbeemer

    (left parentheses)p(right parentheses)<p> Like<p> That.

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Of course, I mean...

    by mbeemer

    (less than sign)p(greater than sign)<p> Sorry<p> 'bout<p> that! (Lack of sleep...)

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    JMS calls bullshit on this story

    by spacechampion

  • Nov. 6, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Agreed on the continuation thing

    by NoHubris

    If it's a continuation with some fresh happenings, this could be worthwhile.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    "JMS calls bullshit..."

    by mbeemer

    Ahhhhh, what does HE know?<p> ;-)

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    AICN got details wrong? I do believe that's unprecedented.

    by V'Shael


  • Nov. 9, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    EXCLUSIVE: This will suck!

    by thebearovingian

    I think it will. It definitely could, no?

  • Nov. 9, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    That's interesting.... Someone pretending to be me?

    by V'Shael

    I'm flattered that someone felt the need to rip off my fairly unique handle, but I can only presume some sort of bullshit will soon follow...