'Day the Earth Stood Still' Playing in Alpha Centauri, 2012

December 11, 2008

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As reader Joshua, who sent this in, said, if aliens aren't already planning to kill us, this may give them the motivation:

Twentieth Century Fox makes history by transmitting the first motion picture in to deep space, making The Day the Earth Stood Still the world's first galactic motion picture release. The first deliberate deep space transmission of this highly anticipated science fiction thriller will begin this Friday, December 12, 2008, to coincide with the film's opening day on Planet Earth. If any civilizations are currently orbiting Alpha Centauri, they will be able to receive and view the film approximately four years from now in the year 2012.

An industry frightened to death of illegal downloading and they're just beaming this into space willy nilly? Don't be fools! Bootlegs of this thing will be on a blanket in Alien Chinatown by approximately December 13, 2012.

To make things worse, Fox isn't content just making a lackluster, Keanu Reeves-starring sci-fi remake our official broadcast to other worlds. They're also hoping for some reviews:

Commented Twentieth Century Fox domestic distribution president Bruce Snyder: "We at Fox always like to think big, and what's bigger than a 'galactic' release of a major motion picture event? We look forward to sharing The Day the Earth Stood Still with our galactic neighbors near Alpha Centauri -- and look forward to their feedback...eight years from now."

Ooh, I get it now. This is all a scientifically-advanced ploy to bump up the film's 24% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Fox knows that if alien civilizations are anything like ours, they too probably have a Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic out there ready to say, "If you don't look at that Klaaatu character and see a bit of yourself, you're watching the wrong movie. Go into the theater ready and willing to see us aliens portrayed as wooden and preachy, sit back, and enjoy a fun one from Earth! 3 1/2 nebulon pulsars." Then The Day the Earth Stood Still is sitting pretty with a 29% just in time for the Blu-Ray 2 release.

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