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Forbidden Planet Script Scrapped, JMS Starting Over [Mar. 4th, 2009|09:44 am]
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NOOOOOOOOOOO!

J. Michael Straczynski reported late last night that the Forbidden Planet trilogy scripts he was writing are being scrapped, and the entire writing process is starting over again from zero. [Edit: the post appears to have been pulled down since I posted this...good thing I cut and pasted this quote]

...because so much of the Forbidden Planet screenplay was leaked out, Warners and I have decided to chuck the screenplay in its entirety and start over. This is the direct result of the leaks that showed up on the nets, including detailed script reviews of a project that was barely a week old, and which would effectively destroy any anticipation of the movie because by the time it finally reached the screen in 2010 or  hereabouts, the story would be old news. So we're starting fresh, and we're going to keep a tight lid on the script this time.

I believe that the "detailed script reviews" refers to this story on Latino Review, (picked up and echoed by AICN) which basically spoiled the climax of the third movie:

  • Movie One tells the story of the original ship that came to Altair 4.
  • Movie Two tells the story of the search for the Krell by the captain of the Bellerophon and his crew...as Diana continues to grow into something profoundly other-wordly. The search takes them beyond the limits of known space into other dimensions, passing from what's known into what's not.
  • Movie Three tells the story of the second ship to arrive at Altair 4 to investigate what happened to the Bellerophon. They discover Morbius and his "daughter," who is desperate to get off the planet and out into the rest of the universe, where her power would nearly be god-like...a fate we are spared when Morbius sacrifices his life to keep her there and eliminate the Krell homeworld once and for all.
This is supremely disappointing to me. There was no need, reason or compulsion for "El Mayimbe" to so thoroughly spoil the story in order to report on it. Now we'll never get to see this version of the movie.

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