Jaden Smith joins Keanu for Day The Earth Stood Still Remake
Jaden Smith, the son of actor Will Smith, is the latest cast member to sign on for a remake of the 1951 science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Smith will join Keanu Reeves, who has already signed on for the role of Klaatu, the alien who visits Earth and, in the original film, first utters the words "Klaatu, barada, nikto." The phrase was later borrowed – and forever enshrined in cult film history – by the Evil Dead film franchise. Jaden will play Jacob, the stepson of scientist Helen Benson, played by Jennifer Connelly.
According to Reuters:
"Klaatu’s arrival on Earth triggers a global upheaval as governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind his appearance. Jacob and Helen get caught up in Klaatu’s mission, coming to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described ‘friend to the Earth.’"
The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
I wish they wouldn't remake this movie!
These days, all good things must be remade, it seems.
However, never are they 'better'.
Hitchcock remade his OWN films a couple of times (39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much come to mind) and they improved both times. There's a musical of The 39 Steps on Broadway now – the wife's seeing it next month.Dori (the wife) is of the opinions that the films that should be remade are the ones that didn't quite work the first time. Cronenberg's The Fly was damn close to a better film than the original. The House on Haunted Hill took a big step up, though 13 Ghosts was just a chaotic mess.On the whole tho, remakes are just re-hashes, because in point of fact if the filmmakers DO try something radically different, they'll be accused of not paying proper respect to the original.I recall when Gus Van Sant was doing his Psycho duplication, a rumor was bouncing around that he was going to do the same thing Hitch did, and shock the audience by killing Norman. Alas, it never happened.
Vinnie, Hitchcock's 1935 "39 Steps" is one of my favorite movies and he did not direct any of the subsequent remakes. As far as "The Man Who Knew Too Much", it's a matter of taste, but I much prefer the original which shows a great deal of influence from Hitchcock's days in Germany. Also, I'd rather see anything with Pete Lorre than something with Doris Day.I am unable to come up with any other remake by Hitchcock but I may be missing something.
I'm with Linda on this one. The 39 Steps is a great film. Nice cloak and dagger stuff.
if the filmmakers DO try something radically different, they'll be accused of not paying proper respect to the original. Like Tinman which was a quite reasonable variation on Oz.
Funny you should mention Tin Man – I just began watching the first part today. I enjoy it thus far…
Oh, never mind being in the Evil Dead franchise – Klaatu Barada Nikto was immortalized long before that in an episode of the Monkees. Oh dear, did I just date myself?
Oh, let's just go to the source of all knowledge…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaatu_barada_nikto
You win THIS round! … But I'll be back!And, ummm… wow. I didn't realize it was used THAT often. Good find, Vinnie.
Klaatu Barada Nikto was immortalized in fandom immediately. I can't tell you how many times it's been used in convention material or zines and such.And why can't Jaden be her son? Because :::gasp::: it might imply she's part black? Geez.
I hesitated before including that bit about "Evil Dead," knowing that there was bound to be an earlier reference kicking around, but then noticed that the same reference was made on the IMDB and Wikipedia pages for "Day the Earth Stood Still," so I felt it was digitally (if not socially) acceptable. The InterWebs have spoken!
And thus does mis-information become fact.
Well, I think the entire nature of when something is really "immortalized" is pretty subjective, anyways. But heck, I'll argue about it for a few days anyways – that's part of the fun.
No argument from me, Rick. I agree that when something becomes "immortalized" is subjective. (Although I'll weaken my agreement in this case by saying I think a very solid argument could be made that it didn't take 30 years).
I agree that a remake should not be made of this classic. Loved this movie when I was young.
They'll just throw a lot of CGI in it and call it a classic.It was one of the films to preach global responsibility.A nice, simple parable.Patricia Neal's character a great positive female role model in 1951. A single Mom who, quite frankly saves the world.
Exactly. Realistically, this was a movie that should have been villified back in the day, but escaped bad vibes because it was that good of a movie.As for CGI, it's a sad attempt to "upgrade" what has come before, and in most cases it doesn't work. 'King Kong' and 'Godzilla' were both movies that benefited from the current technology available to film studios, regardless of how sub-par the scripts and/or acting was.