Reeves talks Day the Earth Stood Still remake
Keanu Reeves has been revealing a little about the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still that he's going to be leading, no not as the emotionless robot, but the emotionless alien.
He's been talking about the changes in the new version of the film, and what they're going to be updating.
The original showed a world obsessed with nuclear attack and the ongoing Cold War, visited by an alien spaceship and a humanoid who tries to understand humanity and presents a stark warning, change your ways or we will be forced to destroy your warmongering planet to save the rest of the universe.
“The version I was just working on, instead of being man against man, it’s more about man against nature. My Klaatu says that if the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives. I’m a friend to the earth.”
However he does say that this isn't all about environmentalism, probably concerned that some people (the ones who think that there's nothing wrong with the environment) would get totally turned off from it.
He goes on to say that the robot companion of his alien will be somewhat different too. Let's face it, there are no surprises there really, of course they'd have to update the premise of the story and the robot.
On the effects side they'll have to update everything – doh – the film is rather old. As for thestory setting, I think it's a relief that they aren't turning to terrorism as the bad guy, and have it all set in America. Mind you, it's still early.