“Changeling” scribe and “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski tells MTV News that the planned remake of 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet” which he is penning is not what it seems.
“it’s not a remake. it’s not a reimagining. it’s not exactly a prequel. You’ll have to see it. it’s something that no one has thought of when it comes to this storyline” says Straczynski who told producer Joel Silver “this is how you do ‘Forbidden Planet’ without pissing on the original that no one has ever thought of. When I told [the idea] to him, his eyes lit up.”
A sci-fi take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, the original film has a military cruiser landing on the planet Altair IV in search of an expedition sent out two decades before and not heard from again. They find a scientist and his daughter, the only two to have survived an attack by an unknown force, who now live in a house of high technology powered by a giant machine belonging to the extinct Krell civilization. Soon an invisible creature comes at night and kills off crew members and the captain must figure out the truth if any of them are to have a chance to escape.
Cutting edge effects were used at the time of the original film’s creation, and the plan is to do the same here. “People that went to see that film saw things they had never seen before. What we have to do now is have this one be as innovative now as the original was then” says Straczynski.
The scribe has also been in contact with “the nation’s best minds in astrophysics and planetary geology and A.I.” to create the technology of the Krell backstory, asking them “What will a million years from now look like? The goal is to put things in there you’ve never seen before.”