Warner Bros has hired J. Michael Straczynski to write a remake of Forbidden Planet. The original saw a group of Earth scientists who are sent some 17 light years away to investigate what happened to a colony of settlers on Altair-4. They find a man with a secret and his daughter who somehow survived a hideous monster attack on their planet. Gene Roddenberry has noted that Fred Wilcox’s original 1956 sci-fi film was one of the inspirations for Star Trek.

Loosely based on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the movie was nominated for best special effects Oscar, and was noted for its groundbreaking use of an all-electronic score, and the first appearances of Robby the Robot and the C-57D starship (which was subsequently used in a number of productions, including the Twilight Zone’s “To Serve Man”). The movie’s poster was listed as the fifth best Movie Poster ever created by Premiere Magazine.

Straczynski is probably best known as the creator of Babylon 5, but in recent years he has transitioned into an A-list Hollywood writer. He wrote Clint Eastwood’s most recent film, Changeling, The Wachowski Brothers’ Ninja Assassin, and the big screen adaptation of World War Z. Many names have been attached to the project over the years including James Cameron. Joel Silver is producing the latest try.

Discuss: Do we really need a Forbidden Planet Remake?

source: THR

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Silver Surfer

20th Century Fox must be expecting Fantastic Four 2 to make some big bucks this weekend. The bad reviews couldn’t stop the first film from selling tickets, and it seems like the studio believes they have another box office winner. The LA Times is reporting that Fox has already put a feature spinoff starring The Silver Surfer into development. According to the story, Babylon 5 scribe J. Michael Straczynski is already hard at work crafting the screenplay.

But will The Silver Surfer be able to carry a whole movie by himself? His character is certainly interesting enough (more interesting than Fantastic Four at least), and I’m more than confident in Straczynski. But I’m not quite sure that the public is ready for a comic book film where the hero is completely computer generated.

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Someone reedited The Departed into a two minute F’n video.

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Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling. Scripted by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), the story is based on true events in 1920s Los Angeles. A woman whose son is abducted, but when he is returned, she suspects that the returned child is not her kid. The woman must then confront corruption in the LAPD.

Borat Censored: USA Network have won the right to air Borat for a five year term, beginning in April 2009. But what’s the point? The film will be cut to pieces.

Disney are reportedly considering legal action against Sinful Comics after they produced a raunchy strip featuring Pirates of the Caribbean actors. But wouldn’t the comic strip be protected under parody?