Remake Planned for "Plan 9 from Outer Space"
Bloody-Disgusting posted the news that Darkstone Entertainment is putting together a remake of famed bad director Edward D. Wood, Jr's magnum opus Plan 9 from Outer Space in celebration of that film's 50th Anniversary. The new movie will simply be titled Plan 9 and it has the blessing of surviving cast member Conrad Brooks. Director John Johnson plans to honor Wood's original vision, making the kind of thrilling film Wood himself might have unleashed, had he not been limited by 1950s filmmaking technology (and, one assumes, a dearth of talent). The release date for the film is currently set for September 9th, 2009. You can read more at the production's official site.
This might sound like a crazy (or awful) idea, but as a younger lad pushing carts at my local grocery store, I used to dream about making a big-budget Plan 9 remake with only major Hollywood talent: John Cusack, Ian McKellen, Renee Zellwegger -- those types. While Darkstone's plans are likely less ambitious (they have previously released only direct-to-video titles), I commend their vision and hope that they aren't as deluded as Wood himself in their ability to pull this off. It would be a shame if this turned out awful, because Wood's film may have been terrible, but it was also an original. A bad remake would just be worthless.
Edited on 05-30-2008, 15:16 EST to correct director's name.