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Sep 12, 2001
Looks like sci-fu guru and three-time Oscar winner James Cameron may have finally nabbed that sci-fi trilogy he's often talked about doing. The experience he's had making "Avatar" has been said to have given the director the "itch" again after taking a ten-year break from mainstream movie-making after the massive success of "Titanic". Check these out...

EXCLUSIVE: J. Michael Straczynski's FORBIDDEN PLANET Plot & Trilogy Details Revealed! - Movie News - Latest Movie Reviews and trailers

By El Mayimbe on December 19, 2008
Earlier today, IESB reported that James Cameron was circling the project which is true. At press time, Cameron was supposed to meet with Straczynski and I don't have knowledge if they done so yet but I do know that Cameron has flipped for the current draft.

I was also able to take a look at the draft and what is interesting is what he says on the 1st and last pages of the script.

For starters Straczynski's draft is PREQUEL to the 1956 sci-fi classic! But that is not all, Straczynski is planning to make Forbidden Planet into a trilogy of films! More on that in a sec.

The prologue to the script contains the following: Two ships traveled to Altair 4, a planet orbiting a star 16.7 light years from Earth. The first ship, the Bellerophon, came to explore that world. The humans on board encountered the relics of the Krell civilization for the first time and exhumed their dangerous past. The Bellerophon was never heard from again. Twenty years later, a second ship, a C-57D Starcruiser, came to investigate the dissapearance of the Bellerophon and her crew.

The original 1956 Forbidden Planet told the tale of the second ship. What Straczynski's draft is about is the never-before revealed tale of the first ship, the Bellerophon.

So what of the supposed trilogy?

The last page contains a epilogue where depending on the financial reaction to Forbidden Planet, Strazynski could create the following three film franchise.

Movie One tells the story of the original ship that came to Altair 4.

Movie Two tells the story of the search for the Krell by the captain of the Bellerophon and his crew...as Diana continues to grow into something profoundly other-wordly. The search takes them beyond the limits of known space into other dimensions, passing from what's known into what's not.

Movie Three tells the story of the second ship to arrive at Altair 4 to investigate what happened to the Bellerophon. They discover Morbius and his "daughter," who is desperate to get off the planet and out into the rest of the universe, where her power would nearly be god-like...a fate we are spared when Morbius sacrifices his life to keep her there and eliminate the Krell homeworld once and for all.

Because movies two and three would have some overlapping cast members, but not all of them, they could be easily shot concurrently or back to back.

Straczynski personally states in the last paragraph that what is cool about this new movie is that events shown completely change the meaning of the original Forbidden Planet without changing a frame of film. Altaira's attempt to seduce or inveigle the crew comes across as manipulative, using them to get off the planet. Straczynski also states that this has value to geeks of which he is one.

IESB.net - Movie News, Reviews, Interviews and More! - IESB Exclusive: FORBIDDEN PLANET May Have a Director

Written by IESB Staff
Friday, 19 December 2008

A FORBIDDEN PLANET remake is in the works over at Warner Bros. with a script by writer J. Michael Straczynski.

IESB has gotten exclusive information from a source inside the Forbidden Planet camp that director James "King of the World" Cameron is eyeing the project and is very interested in helming.

Cameron has been "eyeing" the project for a good part of a decade, AICN posted info on it back in 1998 when he was hot off of TITANIC. But it never came to fruition. But now that Warners is pushing full steam ahead, his interest again has been piqued.

The original Forbidden Planet was a 1956 science fiction film directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen (before his "Don't call me Shirley" days).

Cameron, who is currently working on his 3D pièce de résistance AVATAR certainly has his hands full, although he hasn't opened a film since 2005 with Aliens of the Deep.

But, Cameron and close partner and friend Gigantic Ego, may want to have first shot at bringing one of the most ground-breaking science fiction films of its time back to the big screen. Imagine the new technology he could create for Robby the Robot.

He is currently attached to direct Battle Angel and The Dive plus he is producing Fantastic Voyage and Nagasaki Deadline. Will he be able to squeeze in FORBIDDEN PLANET? We will wait and see!

IESB has contacted Silver Pictures who are producing the project and are awaiting comment at the time of this post.


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Dec 19, 1998
Who the hell is "Diana"? I don't care for what's outlined as happening after the events of the original film at ALL.


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You know, with Cameron and Straczynski on this thing, it just might be worth doing.
Otherwise leave it alone.


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This does sound very interesting, trusting in a Straczinski/Cameron treatment
that would preserve as much as possible the '50's vision, conceptualization and technology which hopefully wouldn't alter the LOOK of the spacecruiser, planet, space travel, crewmen, technology and 1950s cold war science fiction informed look of the original film...not much of it looks clunky to me...I'll give you that Robbie's walking is awkward, but they sure wouldn't use a guy in a robot suit this time...CGI does render fluid movement...that is my personal preference and I truly hate what was done with the Star Trek tv series "prequel" Enterprise whick gave us all the empty gloss of Voyager and Deep Space 9...I'm in favour of the more sophisticated FX but don't tell us it's a prequel to the original 1966 show...with a Forbidden Planet remake/trilogy in my view it could be accomplished with all the CGI FX to gloss it up and appeal to present day audiences...some of the storyline sounds exciting, but I too am concerned -like RobertR-with how the plotline developments concerning Altaira's drastically altered portrayal could play out and wreck the last half of the remake's third film...was Diana the deceased wife of Professor Morbius?...can't remember...my two cents.


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Sep 12, 2001
If Cameron does indeed plan to make this movie, does this mean he'll do it after "Battle Angel" or before? "Battle Angel" is slated to be his next sci-fi epic after he completes work on "Avatar". Fox (for whom Cameron has a first look deal) has a tentative release date for the summer of 2011 for that one.

If Cameron does sign on to helm the "Forbidden Planet" trilogy at WB, he'll likely opt to shoot the films back-to-back-back ala Peter Jackson with the LOTR movies. I'm guessing the films will be released in 2011, 2012, and 2013, with "Battle Angel" not coming out until somewhere around 2015, if Cameron is still interested in doing it by then.

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