travelling at 16 times the speed
of light, and already more than
a year out from Earth Base on a
special mission to the Fourth
World in the System of Alpha
Aquilae, the great main-sequence
Perhaps the greatest science fiction film ever made, Forbidden Planet, will be re-made. While this is old news, I have gathered some information and have some thoughts as to how I would do it if it were up to me.
If you haven’t seen Forbidden Planet, and you’re interested, I suggest you stop now and find a way to see it. Allow for the fact that it is over 50 years old, and pre-dates Star Trek by 10 years, and Star Wars by 21 years. Place it in its context, the 1950s, and then note how far above the competition it was way back in 1956. Light-years, in fact. Remember Plan 9 From Outer Space? How about Zsa Zsa Gabor in Queen of Outer Space? That film even used FP’s costumes!:
A great and informative essay on the film by Charles Tashiro offers some background:
Though somewhat out-of-date, another website, David’s Forbidden Planet, offers more information.
I've laid hands on a copy of J Michael Straczynski's script for the re-make of Forbidden Planet. I will read and comment in an upcoming update to this post.
I've read the Straczynski script and can report that it is terrific. Since Mr. Straczynski has already reported this himself, I can tell you that it reaches back to the events before the original movie. But it does more than that. In certain very cool ways, it is a re-imagining, and it takes the story to some very exciting places. It is imaginitive in the extreme, though I would have loved to see some of the ideas I present below in it.
I will not give away the story because I don't want to hurt its chances. For those who want to read it, it is findable, but not through search engine efforts. It will take serious effort unless you know the places to look. Know this: the material is in good hands, and if it is produced, the writing is well-realized, and it is superbly-cast and directed, it will become that rare animal, a re-make that honors, rivals, and has a chance to surpass the original.
- Altair-4, the truly alien world – though it is not that it is inhospitably alien, but rather that it is just weirdly alien enough.
- Robby, the Robot – because he is human-like, yet pure technology; smart and powerful, yet endearing.
- The long since vanished Krell – because they are so impressive and because of the mystery of their disappearance.
- The Krell’s brain-booster as a means to enhance and amplify the mind.
- The idea of “monsters from the id” as a concept.
So, in asking myself, “What could be done with these that would make the film worth updating?” I’ve come up with the following:
---The Last Reveal