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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.31.08] movie news scifi

I often get Forbidden Planet mixed up with René Laloux's stellar Fantastic Planet so when I scanned this article in The Hollywood Reporter this morning I almost choked on my latte. Upon a second look though it was indeed clear that Babylon 5 creator and witer of the amazing World War Z screenplay, J. Michael Straczynski, has been hired on to write a redo of Forbidden Planet, the 1956 scifi flick.

Forbidden Planet was about A starship crew who goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. It was a precursor to Star Trek (beam me up Scotty and all) and starred Walter Pigeon, Leslie Nielsen, and a very hot Anne Francis. Oh yeah and a robot named Robby who made some mean hooch.

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Cyberhal (13 years ago) Reply

this is one of my favourite flicks! it's also about how the scariest monsters are inside our own minds, or are ourselves, - and it's like The Tempest by Shakespeare, but the magician has become a scientist. Anne Francis plays the heroine - here's a story, during the filming she swoons and is picked by by the hero, leslie nielson i think, and when they were shooting, her outfit was so skimpy her boob fell out - at least that's accoriding to I think it was Richard Anderson (chief Quinn) at teh 50th anniversary in 2006, held at Egyptian Theatre Hollywood blvd. I was in teh audience in 2006 and I can say that Anne did not deny this. She is still very beautiful.

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