Klaatu Barada Nikto
On May 9, 2008, Earth will stand still once again. Fox has confirmed that they’re remaking The Day the Earth Stood Still to fill out their gigantic 2008 slate. When will the madness end! If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Out of all the classic sci-fi films 50s and 60s, The Day the Earth Stood Still holds up over time. The rampant fear that grips a nation when faced with the unknown is certainly a theme that we can relate to in these days of fear and terror. In fact, I think it’s actually pretty scary how relevant this movie could be today.
Why not re-release it to theaters? Why waste all the money to produce this thing when we pretty much know it’s going to be utter shit. There is nothing about this remake that could possibly interest me in the slightest. Okay, perhaps if Scarlett Johansson ran around topless for a good half-hour I might be inclidned to at least rend the thing, but this remake is dead on arrival. No amount of movie magic can improve on this already classically awesome sci-fi film. Just re-release it in all its original glory so that those of us who weren’t even born when it came out can see it on the big screen for the first time. Hell, I’d pay full price for that. I might even spring for popcorn!