By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
Though I still don't get why Hollywood feels the need to remake films that we already consider to be classics, they have done so again and found their leading man in Keanu Reeves.
Keanu Reeves for The Day the Earth Stood Still
20th Century Fox has picked up Keanu Reeves to star in The Day the Earth Stood Still, the re-imagining of the 1951 Robert Wise-directed sci-fi classic.
Reeves committed over the weekend to play Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.
Scott Derrickson will direct from a script by David Scarpa. Though the original story was in response to the rise of the Cold War after WWII, the new version will be updated.
Since one of Reeves' greatest achievements was in another sci-fi franchise, The Matrix Trilogy, Fox is hoping he will score with the genre again.
Production on The Day the Earth Stood Still is expected to begin late fall or early 2008.