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The Day the Earth Stood Still script read

TheDayTheEarthStoodStill.jpgWe all know that early drafts of scripts can be poor, but the word on the script for The Day the Earth Stood Still remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connolly is dire indeed.

With clichés galore and some incredibly poor changes, I'm wondering if it's going to be a complete flop or if it's heading for rewrite after rewrite.

The Day the Earth Stood Still tells the story of the arrival of a lone alien humanoid who arrives on the planet in his spaceship warning humankind to change its warring ways or they'll be forced to destroy the planet for the sake of the universe. Of course they don't listen and the alien is shot, escapes and is hunted down by the Army.

Reading the review of the remake script sounds stock filled and clichéd, and it's dropping so much of the original in favour of these things it's a wonder it's retaining the same title. Sure remakes should really make an effort to change from the original, but that should be for a reason in that there's something new to bring to it, not just less characters, less social commentary, and more...well I'm not really sure.

You can read the review over at AICN through Moviehole, where the reviewer was so upset at the end he threw the script against the wall. Oh dear.



Well that's a shame, I had high hopes for this film as I love the original, but this is another wound Hollywood keep stabbing at.

I wrote this up yesterday and soon thereafter received a cease and desist from Fox legal.

At first I pulled the spoiler bits although I was angry about it, but the more I thought about it the more I thought they were full of crap so I put the story back up.

I didn't quote from the script (since I hadn't seen it) nor was I the source of the story. I just wrote about what someone ELSE wrote about the script.

How the hell is THAT copyright infringement?

Go to my site for the full thing including a copy of the email they sent me.



Okay, let's try this again.

I don't believe that this is copyright infringement at all, in fact most of the cease and desist emails I get (and I get a few) are from companies with no real case, but they have something else, money.

Oh, and time and employees.

They could keep me tied up for months and cause me no end of trouble. Sometimes it's just better to cave in.

I had a legal battle on my private site a while back and it killed my desire to write so much there, especially as a critique of companies and things in real life.

I couldn't see the post on the site Vic. Have you had to take it down again?


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