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Old 05-14-2010, 02:02 PM
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I'm currently watching the classic sci-fi movie, Forbidden Planet. This was a precursor to Star Trek. It came out a full decade before the first season of The Original Series. I'm struck by the similarities. Artificial life-forms, matter/energy converters, something resembling the transporter beam and pad, 3 party away teams, hand-held communicators, blasters, beyond light speed travel to distant planets, technobabble, attractive females, ladies-man Captain, even the plot resembles a Star Trek episode. I know others before have mentioned the similarities, but I'm really quite astonished by it. To my knowledge Roddenberry never credited Forbidden Planet as an inspiration for Star Trek.

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Old 05-14-2010, 02:38 PM
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Great movie. Let's hope the new Forbidden Planet movie is as least as good!
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:36 AM
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Yep, Forbidden Planet is one of the greats, and one of the clear influences on GR and Trek!

I've heard rumours of a remake for about a decade now - I thought it had been left alone. Is one back on the slate?
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:43 AM
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I'd dare say that this wonderous and stunning movie was an influence on a lot of sci-fi and fantasy to follow. It was well ahead of its time.
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Yep, Forbidden Planet is one of the greats, and one of the clear influences on GR and Trek!

I've heard rumours of a remake for about a decade now - I thought it had been left alone. Is one back on the slate?
Apparently, it's going to be a direct prequel and it's also one of the projects that James Cameron is considering to direct next.

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Scrip...ext-18557.html
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:56 AM
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Well I have to say that synopsis really does whet the appetite to see what it's all about. But after a twelve year hiatus Cameron seems now to be getting ready to direct a dozen films at once so I wonder if it may be a few years yet before it gets made.

If he decides to do it and the script doesn't radically alter.

Put this one up there on my 'please do it soon' list!
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The outline above that Jla linked is actually for a prequel to FP itself, and wouldn't be a remake of the 1956 film. It would also allow the possibility of further stories around the concept.

But - using Avatar technology to create the world of Altair. That I can actually see working extremely well. J. Micheal Stracynski has proven his sci-fi abilities with Babylon 5 so I think that this could be an unusal case of there just being the potential for a good quality film - maybe!
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The outline above that Jla linked is actually for a prequel to FP itself, and wouldn't be a remake of the 1956 film. It would also allow the possibility of further stories around the concept.

But - using Avatar technology to create the world of Altair. That I can actually see working extremely well. J. Micheal Stracynski has proven his sci-fi abilities with Babylon 5 so I think that this could be an unusal case of there just being the potential for a good quality film - maybe!
JMS is an excellent writer and should do it justice. Heck, his work on cartoons like He-Man and The Real Ghostbusters is even great stuff.
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