Daily Archives: July 5th, 2008

Remake of 1951’s “The Day The Earth Stood Still”

Imagine my surprise when I read Posthuman Blues this morning:

A prototypical flying saucer lands in the dated but still-effective “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”


I’ll probably go see the remake out of obligation — which, of course, is exactly what the film-makers want me to do — but I hardly expect it to wield the sheer cinematic power of the original.

The word ‘remake’ caught my attention, so of course I investigated and came up with this:

The 2008 remake about an alien and his indestructible robot will star (Keanu Reeves) as Klaatu, Jennifer Connelly as Helen Benson, (Jaden Smith) as Jacob, and (Kathy Bates). Gort has not been cast at this time and will most likely be created using FX.

The remake of (The Day the Earth Stood Still) will supposedly remain true to the original movie, however there is a chance the remake will more likely remain true to the short story upon which the 1951 movie is based.

The end of the short article is the movie spoiler, which I will not reveal here, but I will post a link so you can see for yourself if the remake is going to be worth seeing.

I think I will, just to see how they updated the plot for this day and age.

For now, I will track down the original short story online and read it, just to see how close both movies approach the theme.

Original 1951 Film Clip from Youtube

2008 Remake Film Clip

Posthuman Blues

2008 remake synopsis

Farewell To The Master