Cameron for Forbidden Planet trilogy?
The news on the J. Michael Straczynski written Forbidden Planet is insane right now. First up there's word that James Cameron is talking with him regarding directing, then there's word that this is meant to be a trilogy rather than one film, and finally what the plot is intended to be.
Before I was excited that Straczynski was writing this but worried about the remake idea, now I'm hugely excited for the project, and I think you will be too when you read on.
First up there's word that James Cameron is meeting with J. Michael Straczynski to discuss the story for his Forbidden Planet. Cameron has been associated with the project for nigh on ten years and he's been quite open about approaching the film idea.
Now that Straczynski is writing the script Cameron is heading off to have a chat with him and the rumour from IESB is that he's “eyeing” the project to direct. There's no official word as yet, but this would be tremendous news. The only problem being that James Cameron has some huge projects on his slate, huge in time demands, and it might mean that Forbidden Planet could be delayed for a good few years.
The other news comes from Latino Review is that Straczynski is planning on writing a trilogy for Forbidden Planet, and while that's interesting news, the exciting news from Latino Review is that they've read the first draft of the script and there's some interesting news about the plot ideas for the trilogy.
Here's what they have on the planned trilogy, and I promise you after you read this you will be excited or my name's not Richard Brunton.
First let me give you a quick run down of the backdrop to the original idea. Forbidden Planet, the original film, tells the story of a space ship and their crew that is despatched to a planet to discover what happened to the crew of the first ship that landed there, the Bellerophon. Amongst the crew was a scientist and his daughter Diana.
Movie One tells the story of the original ship that came to Altair 4.
Movie Two tells the story of the search for the Krell by the captain of the Bellerophon and his crew...as Diana continues to grow into something profoundly other-wordly. The search takes them beyond the limits of known space into other dimensions, passing from what's known into what's not.
Movie Three tells the story of the second ship to arrive at Altair 4 to investigate what happened to the Bellerophon. They discover Morbius and his "daughter," who is desperate to get off the planet and out into the rest of the universe, where her power would nearly be god-like...a fate we are spared when Morbius sacrifices his life to keep her there and eliminate the Krell homeworld once and for all.
Now that sounds superb, it really does. The idea is expansive and not only is it going to remake the original film, in the third of the trilogy, but it's also going to flesh out the background to the film's events with two prequels. I really love that idea.
What do you think? Is he doing it justice? I certainly believe so, and if it really does happen that James Cameron picks up the project to direct we might see all three films directed superbly.