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    I understand from a posting that the current Forbidden Planet is scrapped due to a leak on the Internet.

    JMS - I'm 51 years old and my favorite movie of all time is Forbidden Planet. You don't know how much I want to see your version of this movie. I can't think of anyone better for the job and sorry that this had to happen, but hopefully everthing will work out.

    I remember when you were working on B5 back when I was working at a University. There were emails and post Arpanet and BBN. Those were some great times and loved B5!

    It is sure different now, people have to get stupid and ruin projects like this.

    Oh well.. patience....

  • #2
    Welcome, blackstripe05. Sorry to report that JMS doesn't post here and as far as we know, he doesn't read here either.

    That said, I have good news. Yes, one draft of "Forbidden Planet" did get scrapped but JMS turned in the latest draft of his new version around the beginning of the year.

    Feel free to hang around and join the conversations or start new ones.

    Jan
    "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jan View Post
      Welcome, blackstripe05. Sorry to report that JMS doesn't post here and as far as we know, he doesn't read here either.

      That said, I have good news. Yes, one draft of "Forbidden Planet" did get scrapped but JMS turned in the latest draft of his new version around the beginning of the year.

      Feel free to hang around and join the conversations or start new ones.

      Jan
      Considering what happened with JMS's first script, I am somewhat worried after reading this article.
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      Script Review: Forbidden Planet Could Be James Cameron's Next POSSIBLE SPOILERS
      By Josh Tyler: 2010-05-12 21:59:41

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      Last edited by Jan; 05-14-2010, 03:22 AM.

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      • #4
        There does seem to be a fair amount of the story in that, doesn't it? However, it also sounds a lot like what was said about the scrapped first pass on the film. Could be the article writer's putting on airs that he's got the script Cameron is considering.

        Jan
        "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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        • #5
          From what I read of the review of the script there, I'm pretty excited. He took a little negative tone with parts of the review, but I think overall he hinted that there was a lot of very interesting movie there. I hope they keep his shell pretty in tact and are just having him do some rewrites.
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          • #6
            Found on the moderated newsgroup in a thread discussing the Forbidden Planet Blue Ray that just came out:

            Originally posted by JMS
            To the current disposition of FP...since Cameron had to withdraw to focus all his efforts on Avatar 2, WB has started the process of
            looking for a new director. The hard part is finding someone with
            enough hard-core EFX background AND a real knack for characterization,
            both of which are required to make the script work. They want to get
            it made, it's a big tent pole movie for them, but it's a matter of
            finding the right person to make it.


            jms
            "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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            • #7
              Well that doesn't sound so good... hope they find another good director for the project. A Cameron-scifi-feature with more a deeper story and less popcorn would have been nice though.

              Interesting thing is, in different news a few days ago I read that Cameron plans to transfer his funny "True Lies" concept into a TV series before concentrating on the next big budget movie again. So, what does that mean? Cameron just lost interest in Forbidden Planet? Something else going on behind the scenes? Would be a shame if the movie had to suffer because of these circumstances...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Morden View Post
                So, what does that mean? Cameron just lost interest in Forbidden Planet? Something else going on behind the scenes? Would be a shame if the movie had to suffer because of these circumstances...
                Or ... that Cameron has decided he wants to concentrate on his own projects rather than directing someone else's movie. Avatar and True Lies are both Cameron projects. Forbidden Planet is just a directing gig.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Morden View Post
                  Interesting thing is, in different news a few days ago I read that Cameron plans to transfer his funny "True Lies" concept into a TV series before concentrating on the next big budget movie again. So, what does that mean? Cameron just lost interest in Forbidden Planet? Something else going on behind the scenes? Would be a shame if the movie had to suffer because of these circumstances...
                  I don't think the TL series will require much time from Cameron, other people are running it. He'll just get an exec producer credit, but I don't think that'll delay any movies he's working on. Last I read they're planning on shooting all the actor stuff for the 2 Avatar sequels back-to-back.

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                  • #10
                    Cameron is also working with Guillermo del Toro on his adaptation of H P Lovecraft's "At The Mountains Of Madness."
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                    • #11
                      JMS was asked about "Forbidden Planet" on FB:

                      Originally posted by JMS
                      Still at WB, still in search of a director who can do it. Don't know how Joel Silver leaving WB will affect that since it was through his company.
                      Jan
                      "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jan View Post
                        JMS was asked about "Forbidden Planet" on FB:

                        Originally Posted by JMS
                        Still at WB, still in search of a director who can do it. Don't know how Joel Silver leaving WB will affect that since it was through his company.
                        Jan
                        http://www.thewrap.com/deal-central/...thriller-43136

                        Joel Silver Strikes 5-Year Deal With Universal, Opens With Liam Neeson Thriller
                        Published: June 07, 2012 @ 10:37 am

                        Hollywood megaproducer Joel Silver has made a 12-film deal with Universal Pictures that enlists the studio as SilverÆs new distribution partner, the studio announced on Thursday.

                        It is not a production deal, so Universal is not on the hook to finance any of the movies. They are relying on Silver to go out and find financing and then bring the movies to Universal for the studio to turn a profit. The studio does have the option of financing projects in various ways.

                        That means Silver, who has been based on the Warner Bros. lot, will not set up shop on Universal turf. Though still on the Warners lot, he will be moving his whole team to temporary offices in western Los Angeles before establishing a new headquarters.

                        Silver has worked with Warner Bros. for the past 25 years, but his production deal with the studio lapses at the end of 2012 and it will not be renewed. ...

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                        • #13
                          I just saw the Blu ray version of Forbidden Planet and it transfered well - you can even see Robby's cardboard legs as he is sitting at the pilots station in the last scene.

                          I got mine new for $6 + shipping from Amazon's list of new-used retailers.

                          After today's viewing I got to thinking...
                          JMS was just as inspired by Forbidden Planet as Gene Roddenberry.
                          Even JJ Abraham's in his Trek movie made Uhura a Phonologist like Morbius.
                          And although Roddenberry, being ahead of his time, couldn't be as cerebral with his version, he still borrowed plenty.

                          This may be a stretch but I'm thinking JMS on the other hand was able to more fully embrace the Shakespearian theme and possibly define his epic war of order vs. chaos - as Morbius discovered with his inner struggle of good and evil.

                          Now with talk of an eventual Forbidden Planet remake and and trend for prequels and alternate universes (Trek 2.0), is it possible the Bellerphon had missed the 'No Trespassing' warnings and landed on Altar-4, the abandoned Krell (Vorlon) home-world?

                          Morbius had discovered at the time of their disappearance Krell (Vorlon) had devoted all their resources to one goal and he warned that mankind was yet unfit to receive such knowledge.
                          He eventually found his own warning to be true.

                          Not saying this will be the rewrite, but it would help define the Krell in a pretty cool alternate universe prequel.
                          Last edited by DaveNarn; 09-08-2012, 02:55 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Resurrecting a really old thread because I thought this was funny...and wouldn't it be cool if something actually came of it?

                            Originally posted by JMichael Straczynski
                            ‏@straczynski 1h1 hour ago
                            @RealGDT Guillermo, if you're looking for a new project to direct, there's a Forbidden Planet draft sitting at Warners by me and @jimcameron
                            Jan
                            "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                            • #15
                              Project still dead in the water...?

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