When fans first heard news of a remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still; reactions were mixed. Now, Dark Horizons is reporting that 20th Century Fox will be pushing the release date back to December 12th, 2008 -- which is probably just a coincidence. The remake stars Keanu Reeves as the humanoid alien who comes to Earth along with his giant robot to warn its leaders of the dire consequences of dragging their petty conflicts into space. As to be expected; mankind is less than receptive to the news, and plenty of explosions ensue. The 1951 film was considered a reflection of society's fears about the Cold War and nuclear annihilation, and is currently shares a spot among some of the best sci-fi films of all time. So of course for the remake, the political allusions will be getting an update as well.

It's being directed by relative newcomer Scott Derrickson and David Scarpa has been signed to re-write the script. Now for the bad news: individually, these guys have made some sub-parflicks in the past. Originally slated for May 9th, 2008, speculations about the delay have ranged from bad time management to the studio being afraid to pit Earth against WB's Speed Racer. Instead, Fox will now be forced to go head-to-head with the Dan Brown adaptation Angels and Demons -- which, in my opinion, might be the safer bet if Fox is going for box office dominance. Reeves is wrapping up the James Ellroy scripted The Night Watchman, so he appears to be free and clear to start work on Earth. The new release date has not been confirmed yet by Fox, so stay tuned.
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