Earth Stood Still for Reeves

Hollywood’s love affair with the remake continues as 20th Century Fox announces plans to remake the 1951 Robert Wise sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves in the lead role. According to Daily Variety, the actor signed on to play Klaatu, an alien who arrives on Earth to warn its leaders that they are on a path of destruction. Michael Rennie originated the role.

Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) is set to direct the film, working from a screenplay by David Scarpa (The Last Castle). Scarpa’s script will update the original film’s Cold War themes with current hostilities that highlight the enduring relevance of the story’s central message. Moviegoers can also expect visual effects to play a bigger role in the remake.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is slated to begin production in late fall or early 2008. Reeves recently wrapped shooting on theFox Searchlight/Regency sci-fi flick The Night Watchman, which is based on a story by James Ellroy.