When I think of the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, I think of Al Gore. I know it’s a stretch, but go with me on this. It appears, at least up to this point, that the message of the film has something to do with the way humans have treated the planet Earth. And the fact that we have not been so nice to the ole’ planet is the reason that Klaatu, played by Keanu Reeves, has come from outer space to threaten us all with is giant orbs of destruction. It is the type of epic, global disaster movie that would give Al Gore the tingles and jingles — a CGI-enhanced, message movie that could very well scare the living daylights out of the human moviegoers. It would be like An Inconvenient Truth, just with less Gore and more explosions.
And that isn’t to say that the original 1951 version wasn’t a message movie. That film’s tone keyed in on the war and destruction created by man in the decades before. This time, in true Hollywood form, the message is going green.
But enough of that — let’s see some more images of these Earth-destroying orbs. The gallery below includes some new and some older photos from the film. Enjoy.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is directed by Scott Derrickson, who previously directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Jaden Smith. It hits theaters on December 12, 2008.