Plan 9 From Outer Space Remake on the Way

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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.

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  • I’ve certainly seen some older films before that I thought could benefit from being remade, but with something so horribly horrible as Plan 9, what’s the point? After all, the only reason that anyone likes this movie is that it’s so bad. Even if a better quality version is made, it would be losing everything that made the original worth watching. I just don’t know why someone would want to do this.

  • swarez

    This is something I always wanted to try. To make the version Wood envisioned, tons of space ship, an actual army of the undead and stuff like that. I’m all for it.

  • The original had a horendous plot, how can you make a serious version when you only have that to work with?

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  • Ryan

    “a serious-minded retelling of the original story, paying homage to the spirit of Wood’s film without resorting to camp or parody”.

    Huh!? Why not just make an original invasion film? If you wanna do it with quality you have to rewrite from the ground up anyway. If someone said they were going to do this in the intentionally cheesy spirit of Planet Terror that would make a lot more sense.

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  • Pedro Bustamante
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    I love cheesey black and white movies that have no point to them. i don’t like the idea f them makign a reamke. The originals are always better than the remakes, that’s my opinion on the matter.

    You have to love cheesey black and white movies, there’s no way you can’t.

  • Mr. On

    Thought that there was a ‘serious minded’ version
    of Plan 9 already made 24 years ago in ’85- LIFEFORCE.

    It has the voluptuous horror of the Vampire/Space Girl-
    albeit nekkid -and the other 2 male Space Vampires, except they’re not a BIG fat bald Swedish guy Tor and feeble past his prime elderly Hungarian thesp Lugosi,
    but instead 2 young Brit dudes, one of ‘em Chris Jagger brother of Mick.

    The plot is about the zombified dead marching on one of the major cities of the world- London -being manipulated by the Outer Space Aliens.

    There’s even a ‘Major Carson’ (as referenced in Wood’s film) played by Steve Railsback.

    Well if that ain’t in a nutshell Plan 9, then what is…?

  • mercury

    I think there is really alot a potential in a remake of this movie, either way its gonna be better than the first

  • dsfhj

    I think it will be really great. The original is probably the most entertaining movie I’ve ever seen. It had a lot of potential, and I think this movie will bring out it’s true potential. Also, Plan 9 is so obscure that most people won’t know that it’s a remake of another movie and go see it. So basically I think it will be very successful.

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  • King Kong

    It makes more sense to remake bad movies than good ones. It offers a chance to fix the mistakes that were made the first time around. Remaking good movies usually results in exactly the opposite. What if Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes had come before all others? Would there ever have been another one made?