Monday, September 03, 2007

This has to suck.

Reeves? What were they thinking? "Klaatu barada whoa!"

Reeves To Stand Still

Twentieth Century Fox has set Keanu Reeves to star in The Day the Earth Stood Still, its re-imagining of the 1951 Robert Wise-directed SF classic movie, Variety reported.

Reeves committed over the weekend to play Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.

Erwin Stoff is producing, with Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) directing from a script by David Scarpa. Reeves' commitment puts the picture on track for a late fall or early 2008 production start.

The Klaatu role was originated by Michael Rennie. The 1951 film's premise, a response to the rise of the Cold War after World War II, is being updated, and the film will use advances in visual effects.

It also returns the Matrix star to his strong suit in the SF realm.

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