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Jms Heads to 'Forbidden Planet'

31 October 2008 6:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

This year's Halloween might be dominated by Heath Ledger Jokers, but a few years from now, expect Robby the Robot to be the costume to beat.

That's right, sports fans, Fordbidden Planet is coming back to theaters with a fresh relaunch. The Hollywood Reporter says that fan-friendly scribe J. Michael Straczynski is writing the script for Warner Bros., with Joel Silver producing through Silver Pictures.

Released in 1956, Forbidden Planet features a space expedition to a far-off colony populated by scientists. When they arrive, they find only the troubled Dr. Morbius and his daughter. Morbius, now smarter due to alien technology, warns that there's an invisible monster terrorizing the planet. Dubbed a "monster from the id," the scientist, his daughter and the expedition's captain band together to fight the creature and survive the encounter. Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen starred in the picture. The longest lasting effect of the »

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Babylon 5 creator to pen Forbidden Planet

31 October 2008 2:54 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Babylon 5 creator Michael Straczynski is writing a script for Joel Silver’s remake of Forbidden Planet. Warner Bros. picked up the project earlier on this year, after a deal with David Twohy (Chronicles of Riddick) fell through at DreamWorks. Prior to that, James Cameron, Nelson Gidding and Stirling Silliphant were associated with the flick. Babylon creator in demand Buzz surrounding Straczynski has soared after reviews positively received his script for Clint Eastwood’s Changeling. In the sci-fi world, he is better... .

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'Changeling' scribe on 'Forbidden Planet'

30 October 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

J. Michael Straczynski, the writer of the Clint Eastwood-directed "Changeling," is penning a long-in-the-works update of sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" for Warner Bros. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.

Warners picked up the project on the down-low earlier this year. As late as last year, it was set up at DreamWorks with David Twohy attached to direct. Prior to that, New Line had it. James Cameron, Nelson Gidding and Stirling Silliphant have been associated with the remake over the years.

Released in 1956, "Planet" told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet.

The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, »

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