The Day the Earth Stood Still is a remake of a 1951 classic.
It comes out again on December 12 and stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. Below, the actors answer a question from ComingSoon.net about the project:
It's been over five decades since the original film was released. What brought you around to wanting to modernize it?
Keanu Reeves: I think all of what you're talking about is what goes into making it a "classic." And hence, being a part of its time and the classic trying to be able to transcend that which, I guess, is where I came in in terms of trying to remaking that classic in our time with all of the same ambitions and hopes is why I was drawn to it.
Jennifer Connelly: I thought that it was just a great idea to do it. I love the original film. I think in terms of performances, Patricia Neal was so fabulous and I loved seeing this science fiction film everyone was so committed to. It took itself seriously and was really effective. As Scott was saying, as a drama I thought it was a beautifully made film and at the same time really fun and exciting - it had all of these different elements going on at the same time. I really liked the way Scott, Erwin and [screenwriter] David Scarpa contemporized this version of it. I felt it became relevant to us today in a way that I found really interesting.