Looks like we’ve got yet another remake on the horizon, and it’s certainly not one that makes a whole lot of sense… but hey, that’s never stopped anyone before! Ed Wood’s beloved Plan 9 From Outer Space has the dubious distinction of being recognized as the worst movie of all-time, thanks to the wooden acting, terrible special effects and diligent disregard for continuity. But a guy named John Johnson wants to change all that. He is prepping a remake of the movie (titled simple Plan 9) that will be “a serious-minded retelling of the original story, paying homage to the spirit of Wood’s film without resorting to camp or parody”. To which I would ask… what’s the point?
Can a worthwhile sci-fi/horror film really be salvaged from the original? Would anyone care to watch it? Apparently Conrad Brooks, the only surviving cast member from the original, has given this new version his blessing. Johnson says he admires Ed Wood’s passion, and feels the need to pay tribute to him by finally making the movie that he originally intended. It all seems a little presumptuous and opportunistic to me, and while I’m sure there will be a few people curious enough to check it out, I can’t see it drawing all that much public interest. Johnson is hoping to release Plan 9 on September 9th, 2009 (9/9/09). Would you give a Plan 9 remake the time of day?
Note: The original Plan 9 From Outer Space is now in the public domain and can be watched in its entirety on Google Video.