OK, get it out of your system right now, before we begin. All together now: "Holy crap I can't believe they're remaking an unquestionable classic like XXXX and I'm completely certain that Hollywood has officially run out of new ideas. Argh!" Feel better? Good, because an unquestionable classic like Forbidden Planet is officially being remade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver are moving forward on their new version of the 1956 sci-fi favorite, which itself was (loosely) based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, so that makes it sort of a remake in its own right. From THR: The original "told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet." And yes, this is the one with Robbie the Robot. Classic character to be sure, but dare I say one that is ripe for a "re-imagining"?

The new version will spring from the word processor of J. Michael Straczynski, a veteran sci-fi creator who recently went in a new direction with his screenplay for Clint Eastwood's Changeling. And while I'd definitely agree that Forbidden Planet is one of the true-blue classics of the sci-fi genre, I'd also admit that I'm pretty interested to see where a new version would go. Obviously a lot depends on who Silver and WB tap to direct the remake.

And heck, are there many more science fiction classics that haven't been scheduled for a remake? Between War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, I Am Legend, The Invasion, Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and When Worlds Collide ... has anyone optioned this one for a remake yet?
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