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JMS’ Forbidden Planet script canned; starting over due to leaks

by on Mar.04, 2009, under Movies

J. Michael Straczynski posted on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated really early this morning that due to all the leaks on the Internet about his Forbidden Planet script, he and Warner Bros. have decided to throw the script away and start completely from scratch. “So to the sites that say, “Where’s the harm, it’s not like they’re gonna toss out the script because we blew the contents of same all
over the nets,” well, yes, that’s exactly what it’s like, and it’s
precisely your responsibility that a year’s worth of work was
destroyed.”
It seems some leaks need plugging…in the head. Updated 3/11: Because the post for some reason never ended up on jmsnews.com, Read More for the actual post. This link should get you the post via Google Groups.


Re: quick update from jms

A couple of quick things….

I’ve often cited Norman Corwin as a role model, both professionally
and as a human being, or my best approximation thereof. The Oscar-
winning documentary about his work A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age
of Norman Corwin is now on Amazon, and you can see some of it along
with background material at:

http://beta.sling.com/video/show/87466/70/A-Note-Of-Triumph:-The-Golden-Age-o
http://beta.sling.com/video/show/87498/94/A-Note-Of-Triumph:-The-Golden-Age-o
http://beta.sling.com/video/show/87518/28/A-Note-Of-Triumph%3A-The-Golden-Age-o

Meanwhile, on a wholly different note…not of triumph but of
annoyance….because so much of the Forbidden Planet screenplay was
leaked out, Warners and I have decided to chuck the screenplay in its
entirety and start over. This is the direct result of the leaks that
showed up on the nets, including detailed script reviews of a project
that was barely a week old, and which would effectively destroy any
anticipation of the movie because by the time it finally reached the
screen in 2010 or thereabouts, the story would be old news. So we’re
starting fresh, and we’re going to keep a tight lid on the script this
time.

So to the sites that say, “Where’s the harm, it’s not like they’re
gonna toss out the script because we blew the contents of same all
over the nets,” well, yes, that’s exactly what it’s like, and it’s
precisely your responsibility that a year’s worth of work was
destroyed.

So we start anew, with the determined hope that the next draft will be
even better, and far more secure, than the last one.

jms



5 Comments for this entry

  • chad

    Overreacting

    Not to belittle the loss of time and money, but I think Warner Bros. executives are the ones who need to be plugged in the head. Knowledge of the script, except in cases like The Sixth Sense or The Empire Strikes Back, does not detract from a movie. Scripts are not like novels, and good directors/actors take a script and make it into a masterpiece.

    • iamsheridan

      Re:Overreacting

      Weird, that posting still (March 10th) hasn’t shown up at JMSNews.com.

      Are you sure the report is valid?

      Regards

      • Doc

        Re:Overreacting

        Yes…I’m not sure why it hasn’t appeared, but he did follow up in a thread on it, although the topic drifted to downloading programs…I’ll have to try and dig it out of my newsreader (which is thunderbird – a pain to go back to read articles).

        • chad

          News Readers

          Back in the day, the best newsreader around was Agent. I was getting increasingly frustrated with Outlook Express and finally made the switch to Agent–it was worth the $30.

      • Doc

        Re:Overreacting

        I have updated the story to include the text of the post along with a link to Google Groups.