The idea of remaking The Day The Earth Stood Still is not one that I am entirely comfortable with. While the original is now over 50 years old and may seem long overdue for a modern upgrade, it still stands as an absolute classic and a great example of what science-fiction films can and should be. And yet, like it or not, the teaser trailer for the 2008 remake has arrived online, and I am now finding myself forced to admit that… you know what? I actually didn’t mind it.
Granted, it is only a teaser. Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu, and if ever there was a role that perfectly suited his robotic acting, this is it. The cast also includes Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Jaden Smith. The only real weak point I see in this production so far is the choice of director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). I haven’t seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but his lack of experience worries me. What do you think, can this new version of The Day The Earth Stood Still actually be worthwhile, or will it just be another paint-by-numbers blockbuster? Check out the teaser trailer and sound off in the comments below. It hits theatres on December 12th.