Concept Art for the Forbidden Planet Remake That Never Was

In 1995, Irvin Kershner tried to make a remake of the classic Forbidden Planet. The project never materialized, but Kershner had already marshaled the artistic talent of Ralph McQuarrie, John Eaves, Mark McCreery, Syd Mead, and Stan Winson. And the early concept work of McQuarrie and Mead is readily accessible today. » 7/08/14 1:30am 7/08/14 1:30am

George R.R. Martin explains why Forbidden Planet is his favorite movie

George R.R. Martin first saw Forbidden Planet as a child in 1956, and he's seen it 100 times sinc then. Yes, you read that right. A hundred. Here's why. » 8/15/13 2:38pm 8/15/13 2:38pm

21 Pictures that Sum Up the Whole History of Science Fiction

Science fiction is the genre of ideas — but it's also given us some unforgettable pictures along the way. Every era in science fiction's history has shown us a new vision of the strange and futuristic, and one image can spawn a million reflections in your mind's eye. » 11/20/12 10:29am 11/20/12 10:29am

The "sensational" movie that ended the career of Forbidden Planet's…

In 1956, Fred M. Wilcox was at the top of his game in Hollywood. His iconic science fiction movie Forbidden Planet was one of the top box office earners that year. Full of innovative special effects and weird electronic music, the movie remains one of the most influential science fiction films of the twentieth… » 8/13/12 4:43pm 8/13/12 4:43pm

The Ultimate History of Cute Robots

Cute robots have been a fixture in the pop culture landscape, ever since C-3PO and R2D2 crashed on Tatooine in the original Star Wars — but there have been cute robots in pop culture for way longer. The history of cute robots is a proud and totally cuddly one, full of beeping, blooping noises. » 12/07/11 2:00pm 12/07/11 2:00pm

Coolest Shakespeare Riffs in Science Fiction and Fantasy

With The Tempest, opening tomorrow, Julie Taymor and Helen Mirren bring a splashy fantasy vibe to the Bard. But science fiction and fantasy have been playing with Shakespeare forever. Here are the greatest Shakespeare homages and cover versions in SF. » 12/09/10 5:10pm 12/09/10 5:10pm

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet and numerous science…

Leslie Nielsen, who died last night, helped to pioneer the science fiction genre on screen when he starred in Forbidden Planet. And then he helped lampoon that genre in countless spoof movies, including 2001: A Space Travesty. » 11/29/10 6:20am 11/29/10 6:20am

25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch

Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 25 must-watch science fiction films. » 8/25/10 12:00pm 8/25/10 12:00pm

Spaceships and lightsabers, as envisioned by the Great Masters!

Godzilla has been a classic for years, but now he finally gets classical in this mashup by artist Andrew Leipzig, aka Zig. From Stormtrooper Mona Lisas to zombie pastorals, Zig has specialized in putting geek icons into fine art. » 6/11/10 9:30am 6/11/10 9:30am

Don't Remake These 21 Movies, Film These Books Instead!

There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film. » 3/05/10 1:17pm 3/05/10 1:17pm

Check Out New Iron Man 2 Footage. True Blood Gets Its Werewolf and…

Tony Stark loses his head in Iron Man 2 footage. True Blood finally casts the werewolf Alcide, and the Eleventh Doctor will inherit one of the Tenth Doctor's most popular enemies. Plus Inception, Toy Story, Forbidden Planet, and Chuck spoilers. » 12/16/09 6:00am 12/16/09 6:00am

Forbidden Planet Reboot Could Become a Franchise

J. Michael Straczynski is revealing more details about his remake of Forbidden Planet. Not only does the script call for more action than the original scifi classic, there may be plans in the works for more Forbidden Planet movies. » 11/23/09 2:40pm 11/23/09 2:40pm

The Composers That Make Space Adventures Epic

Space is silent and vast, but we can't feel the awe and terror of epic space battles without great music. Here's our list of the ten composers without whom science fiction would feel as empty as the void. (With samples.) » 6/11/09 4:30pm 6/11/09 4:30pm

New Forbidden Planet Is A Prequel After All?

J. Michael Straczynski may have announced that his new Forbidden Planet is "not exactly a prequel" to the original movie, but if a leaked synopsis is to be believed, we're calling shenanigans on that. » 12/20/08 8:00am 12/20/08 8:00am

Will James Cameron Team Up With Robby the Robot For Forbidden Planet?

Hollywood bigwig, and big ship-sinker, James Cameron is rumored to be interested in filming J. Michael Straczynski's Forbidden Planet script. » 12/19/08 11:49am 12/19/08 11:49am

New "Forbidden Planet" Delves into Creation of Alien Tech

With The Day the Earth Stood Still bowing next week, you'll want to brace yourself for more epic re-imaginings of iconic 1950s scifi: J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Shakespearean alien melodrama Babylon 5, is hard at work on what he mysteriously calls "not a remake, not a reimagining, not exactly a prequel" of … » 12/01/08 1:50pm 12/01/08 1:50pm

Forbidden Planet Movie Won't Be Retro After All

With the liberally revamped version of The Day The Earth Stood Still » 11/10/08 3:40pm 11/10/08 3:40pm opening next month, it seemed weird that J. Michael Straczynski was to be writing a retro movie that kept the peachy keen 1950s look of the original intact. And now it turns out the rumors were wrong — Straczynski piped up on a Usenet group to say…

Babylon 5 Creator's Forbidden Planet Another Slice Of Retro

It's not just JJ Abrams' Star Trek » 11/08/08 9:00am 11/08/08 9:00am remake that's taking upcoming science fiction back to yesterday's future - Now we're hearing that J. Michael Straczynski's movie is similarly setting up a trip in the way-back machine as well. The project, , turns out not to be a remake, but a "continuation" of the original movie -…

Robby The Robot Makes Comeback In Forbidden Planet Remake

It seems like only two weeks ago, we were asking where why more movies weren't remaking the classics » 10/31/08 3:00pm 10/31/08 3:00pm, and apparently Warners was listening... kind of. , the sci-fi version of Shakespeare's , is getting the makeover treatment, courtesy of 's J. Michael Straczynski and producer Joel Silver.The Hollywood Reporter says…

RIP for Two Great Science Fiction Soundtrack Composers

It's not been a good couple of months for fans of SF theme music. Following last month's death of electronic music pioneer Bebe Barron, one of the composers for the 1956 Forbidden Planet movie, May 15th saw the sad passing of Alexander Courage, the man who gave the world the theme music for the original Star Trek.… » 5/30/08 10:20am 5/30/08 10:20am