(via MTV Movie Blog)MTV Movie Blog said:After generating some major mainstream buzz with “Changeling,” it looks like J. Michael Straczynski is making a big (and possibly risky) return to the science-fiction genre. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s been hired by Warner Bros to pen their remake of the sci-fi classic, “The Forbidden Planet.”
For those who haven’t seen it, “Planet” is the futuristic tale of an expedition sent from Earth to the planet Altair IV to check up on a scientific colony set up 20 years earlier. Only one member is left — Dr. Morbius, who lives with his daughter and Robby the Robot, the rest having been wiped out by a mysterious force. Morbius reveals he’s boosted his intellect with the technology left behind by Altair’s extinct race — but unsurprisingly, using it produces a few nightmares, too.
Now, don’t get too excited about this one yet — “Forbidden Planet” has had a troubled journey back to the big screen already. Over the years, it’s attracted directors like James Cameron, Nelson Gidding, and Stirling Silliphant. It was originally set up at New Line Studios, but as of last year was set up at DreamWorks, with David Twohy directing. Warner Bros snagged it secretly early this year, with Joel Silver producing, but it hasn’t attached a director yet. Straczynski and Silver are the only names keeping it from total limbo — and as we know from seemingly lost projects like “The Silver Surfer,” Straczynski’s scripts can go to waste.
Plus, there’s the risk that’s always associated with a remake: “Forbidden Planet” is beloved by many and its most memorable character, Robby the Robot, has a fan club that rivals Johnny Depp. But if there’s one writer who can update the movie for a new generation of sci-fi fans, it’s Straczynski.
Well, readers — is J. Michael Straczynski the man who can finally usher “The Forbidden Planet” back to the big screen?
Hhhhhmm.... I did not realize that new members could not upload their own avatars right away. Fixed. Please try again.Hello all, just incase you cant tell from my user name Im a big "Forbidden Planet" and "Robby the Robot" fan. Too bad we cant upload our own avatars here because I have a great pic of Robby.
Recall, I went there and they dont have what Im looking for, BTW I cant quite make it out but is that the "monster from the ID" (also from forbidden planet) in your avatar? NICE!Go to IMDB there are many quotes there.
Classic show, a trend setter & benchmark for future efforts.
Google Robby the Robot/Forbidden Planet "images". You'll be able to save many.
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Here is some of that art (visit the source for the rest)McQuarrie concept art was made available on Ain't It Cool to help get support for the now fully-funded Kickstarter The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES, a book of McQuarrie's non-Star Wars art.
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It’s kind of funny that we’re discussing this in the wake of a review about scripts that are ‘too complex.” But that’s not really what we’re talking about here. Complexity has little to do with writing bigger plot points that happen more frequently, which was the problem with Forbidden Planet. This script needed more meat. Maybe in future drafts, they’ll slaughter more cows to get it.
What I learned: If you feel like you’re biding time in your script, you probably are. Think about that for a moment. If you ever feel like you’re adding scenes to just keep the story alive and keep it going, those scenes will be dead on the page. Every scene should move the story forward in some purposeful way. If you ever feel like you’re biding time, go back to the point in the script where that “biding” started, and start over again.
Read More at this SOURCE2. FORBIDDEN PLANET (Remake/Sequel) - Twenty years ago, the Belerephon set out to explore the newly discovered planet Altair... and never returned. With no clues to what happened or evidence of the crew's status, the popular Earth space hero and reluctant Commander Adams is called away from his "early retirement" to lead a new crew on a 2 year rescue and salvage operation to Altair. There, they encounter a pair of unlikely survivors in Edward Morbius and his daughter Altaira, who seem to have not only lived but thrived alone on the planet, thanks largely to the massive amount of advanced technology left by the planet's extinct original inhabitants. Besides Morbius, his daughter, and a custom-built robot made from technological scraps, nothing remains or appears to have survived of the Belerephon ship or its crew, represented only by a small graveyard behind Morbius' colonial home. Strangely, though, the long-widowed Morbius adamantly refuses to return to Earth, even when his gorgeous yet naive daughter falls in love with Commander Adams. Despite showing them to Adams and his crew, Morbius also refuses to share the technological advances he has discovered. When the same violent patterns begin to form again, Adams and crew come to suspect that Morbius' vaunted, intelligence-enhancing technology may have contributed to the tragic end of the planet's original civilization... and of the Belerephon and the rest of its crew.
3. CURSE OF THE FORBIDDEN PLANET - Shades of THE OMEN hover over this surprising third act! Having finally been granted the early retirement he was promised, Commander Adams has returned an even bigger celebrity and public figure than he was when he left. Influential forces are pressuring him to run for public office even as he faces continued scrutiny for "failing" to rescue Morbius and bring back more evidence and answers, as well as for his relationship with Morbius' daughter Altaira, now 7 months pregnant and plagued with nightmares that further strain their relationship. On the eve of Adams' public announcement about whether or not he'll seek office, a public official and outspoken critic is found murdered after the Adams' seemingly benevolent robot inexplicably disappears for a day only to be found "unresponsive" in an alley near the dead official's home! To make matters worse, Altaira goes into labor and gives premature birth to their son, who barely clings to life despite the best care. As an official investigation begins, public scrutiny intensifies as one by one, critics of Adams, his family, and crew are found murdered in a pattern eerily similar to that of the Belerephon and the deaths of Adams' closest friends and colleagues on the forbidden planet. Sure enough, Altaira comes to a horrifying conclusion after realizing that her last nightmare came as the first murder took place... mere hours before their son's premature birth. Could there have been a genetic component to Morbius' technologically endowed, subconscious ability to use the same alien technology that comprises the robot Robbie to bring his own Id to life and seek vengeance on those threatening him? Could it now have been passed on - not to Altaira, but to she and Adam's innocent newborn son?
Read the entire article at this SOURCEToday Forbidden Planet is of course completely outdated with its very ‘Fifties vision of what technology might be like one day (spaceships like flying saucers! golf carts traveling at high speeds!). However that is exactly where part of the movie’s charm lies: its very retro and quintessentially 1950s vibe. Any attempt to update it to a more generic “modern” post-Alien look will just be pointless. In fact a Forbidden Planet remake will be pretty pointless in any case. Despite its somewhat sluggish pace it is still quite an enjoyable flick today. Also, one is sure that the horror element of the story will probably be amped in any modern remake, and what we really don’t need at this stage is yet another “crewmembers menaced by alien on alien planet” movie right now. Not that we think that Straczynski will deliver a substandard screenplay, but we’re sure that Silver would want to amp the property’s more commercial elements to the detriment of its more intelligent leanings.