J. Michael Straczynski Takes on Forbidden Planet


J. Michael Straczynski, the writer of the Clint Eastwood-directed Changeling, is penning a long-in-the-works update of sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet for Warner Bros. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.

Released in 1956, “Planet” told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet.

The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, but is perhaps best known for the character Robbie the Robot.

Straczynski is better known for his sci-fi and comic book work. He created TV shows “Babylon 5” and “Jeremiah,” and worked on Ninja Assassin for Silver and the Wachowski Brothers.