November 4, 2008

Forbidden Planet Remake Has a Writer

Here is some news that is sure to initially make movie-lovers upset, but after some thought there is likely going to be some curiosity. At least that is how I saw it. is reporting that J. Michael Straczynski is taking a shot at writing a script for a Forbidden Planet remake for Warner Brothers.

It seems like only a matter of time before all classic cinema has been remade, just wait for Citizen Kane and Birth of a Nation, it's just a matter of time. Of course, wouldn't a Forbidden Planet just be another take on Shakespeare's The Tempest?

Also, isn't Shakespeare the most adapted author ever? I guess this remake wouldn't sound as enticing if it was billed as another Shakespeare adaptation. At least billing it like this allows them to bring in ray guns, spaceships, and other science fiction trappings.

Honestly, if anyone can write a worthy script, it is likely going to be Straczynski. He has done some great things in the science fiction world (see Babylon 5) and more recently has delivered a strong script in the world of drama and characters in Changeling. I am intrigued by what he could offer here.


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