James Cameron may be in line to direct the remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet”.
ISEB claims Cameron “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.”
Cameron has been expressed interested in a Forbidden Planet remake since 1998.
A re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “Forbidden Planet” follows the crew of an Earth ship bound for Altair IV, where an expedition team has gone missing. When the crew arrives they find that most of the expedition team has died. Only a scientist and his daughter are still alive – not counting his obedient robot Robby. The demented doctor has created an empire on the alien world. His loathing for things foreign to the world begins manifest itself through the alien world’s advanced technology, especially once love blooms between the ship’s captain and the scientist’s daughter.
The original film was directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielson. J.Michael Straczynski (The Changeling, Babylon 5) was recently named to pen the remake’s screenplay.