Originally slated for a May 9th release, but now pushed back to December 12th 2008, the re-imagining of The Day The Earth Stood Still has remained spectacularly under the radar for such a high profile movie.
Keanu Reeves will play Klaatu, an alien come to Earth to warn mankind about the future dangers of their current lifestyle, i.e. nuclear weapons, environmental issues, etc. But whereas in the origianal version was born out of Cold War fears with Klaatu giving the ultimatum of cease and desist or we will end it for you, the update is tapping into (you guessed it) post-9/11 issues, as well as, oddly enough, Global Warming. So says Keanu, anyways: “The version I was just working on, instead of being man against man, it’s more about man against nature. My Klaatu says that if the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives. I’m a friend to the earth.” Ominous.
On the earthling side of things we have Jennifer Connolly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Jaden (son of Will) Smith. Directing them is Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) and based on a script by David Scarpa (The Last Castle), which all indicates that this will have a very based-in-reality feel to it. However, there is still no word on who will be playing (or perhaps voicing) Gort, Klaatu’s all-powerful robot companion. The original was a man in a suit, but considering effects work is the reasoning the producers gave to the delay in release, CGI is most likely the way he’ll be portrayed this time round.