FP was a wonderful mixture of suspense, humor, reflection, eye-candy, and suggestions left to the imagination. I still remember marveling at it as a kid; I still love it as an adult, and love showing it to my kids.
So it was with mixed feelings that I've read off and on of re-makes. A new FP could be really good, or really bad.
So I was happy to learn that the screenwriter for the new version is to be J. Michael Straczynski. SF hardcores will recognize JMS as the creative genius behind Babylon 5. SF fans are divided among (1) those who recognize B5 as the best SF series ever on TV to that time, and (2) those who are wrong. Though an atheist (and not a very nice one to talk to — I tried), JMS recognized the essential role of religion, and treated it with remarkable respect and a degree of wistful understanding. In this way, Straczynski was very distinct from Roddenberry's vision, in which religion had vanished.
All of that bringing us to this update on the progress of the script.
"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" says Straczynski who told producer Joel Silver "this is how you do ‘Forbidden Planet’ without [messing with] the original that no one has ever thought of. When I told [the idea] to him, his eyes lit up."What JMS did with B5 was fresh and imaginative. But then there were some followup movies and products that have all been disappointing. So one hopes he'll be able to tap into the same well that made B5 so fresh and creative.
Cutting edge effects were used at the time of the original film's creation, and the plan is to do the same here. "People that went to see that film saw things they had never seen before. What we have to do now is have this one be as innovative now as the original was then" says Straczynski.
The scribe has also been in contact with "the nation’s best minds in astrophysics and planetary geology and A.I." to create the technology of the Krell backstory, asking them "What will a million years from now look like? The goal is to put things in there you’ve never seen before."