'Plan 9 from Outer Space' to be Remade, Largely Character-Driven

May 27, 2008

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In 1959, Ed Wood released Plan 9 from Outer Space, a film about aliens and the living dead that was so unspeakably awful it was destined to be publicly mocked at midnight screenings for years to come. But what would it be like if, somehow, the technologies of the late '50s had allowed for non-cardboard gravestones, or more believable electrode guns, or a less nonsensical script?

Using modern technology and his questionable talents, plucky director John Johnson hopes to answer just that question, remaking the cult classic as "a serious-minded retelling of the original story, paying homage to the spirit of Wood's film without resorting to camp or parody." Except there are few flaws in his plan to make a "largely character-driven" Plan 9: for one, his claim that this version won't be campy is largely discredited by his production company, Darkstone Entertainment, which has, from what I can tell, released only low-budget, straight-to-video horror-comedies. And Johnson (also goes by Nicoli Micelli and Sabo, but you may know him from his role in The Vampires of Zanzibar as John John the Gay Bartender) is the director of Skeleton Key, a film one IMDB user--likely one of the few who saw Skeleton Key--has dubbed the "absolute worst film (if you want to call it that) I've ever seen." So more likely, the question that will be answered is "what would it be like if a terrible director remade another terrible director's remarkably terrible movie, only with some cheesy CGI added?" Likely answer: unwatchable.

(Thanks to Paul for the lead)

Untitled Document (of course) [Official Site]

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