The Day the Earth Stood Still 5 Minute Trailer

20th Century Fox has released a five minute trailer for The Day The Earth Stood Still on Yahoo. As expected, much of the extended trailer was featured in the television presentation last month. From what I gather, I think I’m the only one who thinks this looks bad. But even I’ll admit, Gort looks cool.

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“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”

The Day The Earth Stood Still hits theaters on December 12th 2008.

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7 Minutes of The Day The Earth Stood Still

Fox aired an extended seven minute look at The Day The Earth Stood Still during Fringe last night. It’s basically a nicely edited together version of the footage which was shown at this year’s comic con. Pretty underwelming if you ask me. What do you guys think?

The Day The Earth Stood Still director Scott Derrickson, star Keanu Reeves, and producer Erwin Stoff opened the first major panel of Comic Con 2008. Here are the three things I learned about The Day The Earth Stood Still remake from the panel:

Erwin Stoff actually proposed the idea f a Day The Earth Stood Still Remake to a producer shortly after the release of Speed, but a regime change prevented the project from developing into a film until nearly 15 years later.

Derrickson confirmed that Gort is definitely in the movie. He claims they went through hundreds of different possibilities in the conceptual stage but came back to something that wasn’t very different from the Gort from the original film. Weta is still working on the design.

Klatu’s spaceship and suit is more organic than technological.

They also showed three clips from the film. I have to admit that I wasn’t very impressed by the previously released movie trailer, and the new footage didn’t get me any more excited.

The first clip began with Klatu, played by Keanu Reeves, being wheeled through a dark hallway into an US government interrogation room where he is hooked up to some kind of lie detecting equipment and questioned by an official.

“Are you Human?” the interrogator asks.

“My body is…” Klatu responds.

“Do you feel pain?”

“My body does…”

“Are you aware of a pending attack on the US?”

“You should let me go…”

Klatu takes control on the interrogator and finds out which exit to escape the building. He then sends out a signal which disables all the guards. They all fall to the ground.

The second clip was a much smaller innocent scene between Klatu and Jaden Smith’s character Jacob in the back of a pick-up truck.

“You aren’t so scary,” says Jacob. ” You don’t even look like an alien….”

Klatu responds: “Its so i can talk to you…”

“What were you before?”

“Klatu…

“I told helen we should kill you…”

“Did you mean it?”

“Before….”

“Whats gonna happen to us?”

“I was thinking the same thing.”

The third clip was more of a highlight reel / extended trailer comprised of half finished special effects shots and clips from the film. Someone from the US government shows up to Connely’s door.

“Dr Bensson come with us, Everything will be explained on route.”

Helen is told not to be afraid. Cut to a Connely watching the interrogation from behind a two way mirror. Klatu takes control of the government official.

Big balls of light descent upon earth in various cities worldwide. The usual shots of people looking up at the sky. A big ball of liquid rises from the oceans. Connoly in hazmat suit. Cut to the scene in the trailer where Klatu tells Connely that “If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives.”

Smoke overtakes huge truck tearing it apart. Same thing happens with a stadium. The electricity in a major city goes out. And the ending shot is a tease of Gort, but much like the trailer, we don’t see much of anything.

And finally the clip ended with Jaden Smith’s character asking Klatu “What’s gonna happen to us”.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Movie Trailer

“My name is Klaatu Reeves and I have come to Earth to warn you of Hancock.” The first trailer for December’s big budget remake of 1951′s The Day the Earth Stood Still is now online after premiering in front of Will Smith’s ne’er-do-well superhero flick. Under an icy blue tint, the preview quickly evokes Close Encounters, The Abyss, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, Contact and Langoliers before closing in on the modern green message, an aspect that Keanu Reeves has mentioned briefly in the press….

“The version I was just working on, instead of being man against man, it’s more about man against nature. My Klaatu says that if the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives. I’m a friend to the earth.”

The special effects by Weta Digital—the emphasis here is on a large alien orb and apocalyptic destruction—seem crisp and foreboding enough. Glimpses of a cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm (his first major movie role) and Kathy Bates, give the impression that director Scott Derrickson (Exorcism of Emily Rose) may have crafted a classier Day After Tomorrow. If so, that would slightly exceed most fanboys’ early expectations for the film. Alas, do you see Gort? Check out the comments.

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Watch the trailer in high resolution on filmweb.no.

Synopsis: Updating the 1951 sci-fi classic’s Cold War and religious themes, Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu, a mysterious man from another world who warns Earth’s humans that unless they change their gluttonous and harmful ways and pay more attention to the planet’s needs, aliens will swoop down and destroy them for good. :0

The Day the Earth Stood Still opens on December 12th.

Discuss: What do you think of the trailer to The Day the Earth Stood Still? Does it appear to be what you expected? Will Reeves make a Klaatu for the ages? Also, Gort fans, chime in.

I have just confirmed that the movie trailer for Scott Derrickson‘s The Day the Earth Stood Still remake will be attached to prints of Hancock, which hits theaters next week.

The contemporary re-imagining of the 1951 science fiction classic stars Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson (Jaden Smith) get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.” Kathy Bates also stars. The Day the Earth Stood Still scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th 2008.

Film1.nl has the first poster for the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves. Even though we’ve heard virtually nothing about this project since the first casting announcements, Fox is still planning on releasing the film on December 12th 2008.


/Film reader Christopher M sent over this poster for Guy Ritchie’s RockNRolla.

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Due in December, nothing substantial or even trivial has leaked from 20th Century Fox’s big budget remake of sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves, John Cleese, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates. Reeves, who will next be seen in Aprils’s LAPD actioner Street Kings and plays the alien Klaatu in the holiday tent pole, talked to MTV about the enigmatic project and how it will differ from the 1951 original. While the movie’s premise will still revolve around aliens telling Earthlings to figure out world peace (and pronto!), director Scott Derrickson’s (Exorcism of Emily Rose) take will be updated for the Prius and metal water bottle set…

“The first one was borne out of the cold war and nuclear détente. Klaatu came and was saying cease and desist with your violence. If you can’t do it yourselves we’re going to do it. That was the film of that day,” Reeves explained. “The version I was just working on, instead of being man against man, it’s more about man against nature. My Klaatu says that if the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives. I’m a friend to the earth. …what we are doing and who we are as a species. We’re trying to reach beyond the idea of [just] environmentalism.”

Yeah, that’s cool Keanu, but what about the film’s signature robot Gort? Will it still look like a trophy statuette for “Greatest Rave Act 2002″?

“Hey man, don’t put that tin man down! That was iconoclastic!” Reeves protested. “[But] yes, we have another version of the [robot].”

Discuss: Can a sci-fi film doubling as an After School Special connect big in 2008?

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