If you have, MTV has posted an interesting interview with the film’s director, Scott Derrickson, in which he is asked questions based on footage shown in the trailer. Here’s a clip, in which he addresses the quick flash of Klaatu’s (Keanu Reeves) trusty robot Gort that looks a lot like the 1951 original:
“It was intentional,” Derrickson said. “I certainly took a lot of time to explore other possibilities. It wasn’t just a foregone conclusion in my mind that we would be sticking to the original. I tried looking at a lot of different possibilities, worked on a lot of different ideas with artists and just always a nagging sense that there was something right about the way the original, that there was something about this alien entity choosing a human form or being in a human form that had value even by modern standards, not by 1950 standards. I also am such a fan of the original film. You have to also just have some respect for Gort. Gort is Gort. Theres no question what we designed pays homage to the original.”
For more of his answers, go here! The sci-fi thriller, also starring Jennifer Connolly and Kathy Bates, hits theaters on December 12.