It's been a little over a year since Warner Bros. announced that J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5 creator, Changeling) would be penning the studio's Forbidden Planet remake, and for better or worse, the project finally seems to be moving forward. Straczynski is now working on a draft of the screenplay, which he notes will be faithful to the original while filling in more back story.
But the real news here is that Straczynski is providing for the possibility of a sequel. In the original piece over at SciFi Wire, the writer tosses in these worrisome phrases when asked about how the studio sees the remake: "big franchise" and "huge budget". Any remake of Forbidden Planet -- however ill-advised -- should, of course, have a large budget, but at least for me, this idea stinks of Peter Jackson's King Kong, i.e. let's take something classic and just blow it up to bloated, CGI proportions.
It's not so much a worry of tarnishing the good name of the source material. To his credit, Straczynski has the right background for the job and he points out that Forbidden Planet's roots in Shakespeare's The Tempest should help ground the remake in character relationships and not just huge explosions. His heart appears to be in the right place.