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Stalked: Straczynski on Forbidden Planet, Spider-Man 4 playwright

Spiderman.jpgUnbelievably a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright looks set to write the next Spider-Man film, and that should have you interested already. This could mean a heavily focused character film, all about relationships and characters, and far less about action and multiple villains. Perfect.

Also there's news that J. Michael Straczynski, the man who should be thanked for turning television away from episodic stories to great series story arcs, is set to be creating a new version of Forbidden Planet for the big screen.

First up, Spider-Man 4. From Latino Review comes the story that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is in negotiations to write the script for the film. He won the award for his drama Rabbit Hole in 2007 and has written Inkheart and Robots.

I think that's great news for the franchise and for the character of Peter Parker. Drop villains and action set pieces and get back to the character, that was the wrong way around in the last film. However the two films he's written to date don't exactly scream the right direction for Spidey to me.

Then, from Sci-Fi Wire comes the news that the excellent J. Michael Straczynski is writing a new adaptation of the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, the story of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists living on a far off planet. When they get there they find one of the remaining scientists and his daughter, and a strange creature roaming the planet and killing the settlers.

Another great writing task for Straczynski, and it's a welcome return to science fiction.



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