Thoughts and News about The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)


Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly

Director: Scott Derrickson

Rated: Unrated

U.S. Opening Date: December 12th, 2008


This remake of the beloved 1951 sci-fi classic about an alien man and his robot who come to earth in a saucer-shape spacecraft is said to star Keanu Reeves as the man. In the original film they tell the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.


According to the latest news reports this version will remain true to the original movie and Jennifer Connelly has singed on in the role played by Patricia Neal in the original.


Now was there anything to suggest in director Scott Derrickson's CV to suggest that he is ideally suited to remake The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 1950s film justifiably considered to be a classic of the genre? Were the studio execs at Fox so impressed with The Exorcism of Emily Rose that they thought, "Hey, let's give this guy a chance to make a new version of that cool 1950s flick we saw on the telly the other night"?


At least the previous sci-fi classic to be remade by Fox had Tim Burton (Planet of the Apes) -- but remember what a pointless mess that movie still turned out to be? Didn't the Fox suits learn anything?


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