Look who’s back! Forbidden Planet, the 1956 sci-fi film which starred Walter Pigeon and Leslie Nielsen, is getting a reboot! Screenwriter J.Michael Straczynski, who’s enjoyed some critical success due to his work on Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, will pen the script for the updated version. According to MTV, Planet is Straczynski’s “favorite science-fiction film of all time.”
Read more about Forbidden Planet after the jump.
If you’re a die hard fan of the original Forbidden Planet, Straczynski assures you that this isn’t going to be a fly by night remake.
“I told [producer] Joel [Silver] this is how you do ‘Forbidden Planet’ without pissing on the original that no one has ever thought of,” said Straczynski. “When I told [the idea] to him, his eyes lit up. 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.”
Straczynski will be paying close attention to detail, with the writer revealing conversations he’s had to ensure the film is as scientifically attuned as possible. “[When coming] up with the Krell backstory and who they are, I sat down with some of the nation’s best minds in astrophysics and planetary geology and A.I. and asked them — based on what we know now — what will a million years from now look like? The goal is to put things in there you’ve never seen before.”
An interesting piece of trivia that may legitimize Straczynski’s science-fiction writing skills can be found in his past television credits. Back in the nineties he created and wrote for this little known show called… Babylon 5!