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The Day the Earth Stood Still panel July 28, 2008

Posted by mrstetris in Uncategorized.
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people actually camped out overnight to see this panel, yet i showed up an hour beforehand and still managed to get a decent seat.  before the panel began, people were still frantically searching for seats…not sure if someone knocked it over or it just decided to do so on it’s own, but the festive black curtain fell down, slamming into a ton of people.  it was hilarious.  i half expected keanu reeves to jump out from underneath and shout “whoah!” in a bill and ted like voice.  sadly, he didn’t.

scott derrickson, director of The Day the Earth Stood Still, advised the audience that he “wanted to make this film 15 years ago” but couldn’t get funding and a script.  2 years ago, a script showed up at his front door and production started immediately.   his whole vision was to show this film in the alien’s point of view.

in the trailer, there is a sweet interrogation scene with klaatu, played by keanu reeves, where he is being asked a series of controlled questions.  during comic con, they played the whole scene and it blew my mind.  the docile alien, klaatu, becomes extremely aggressive and escapes, slammin’ down every human that gets in his way.  it’s pretty badass!

jennifer connelly said she chose to do the film because “it encompasses the human spirit and how we treat each other.”  klaatu’s viewpoint of humanity “has conflict with desicions that he made earlier in the film, he starts to have a human understanding.”  derrickson adds “the alien becoming humanizing, that’s what is remarkable about humanity!”

derrickson also gives the audience insight on the spaceship created: “i wanted it to have an organic, biological base.  advanced civilizations might not be as an intense industrial society that we are today, more ecological being.  that’s what i wanted to portray in the film.”

at any rate, this film looks, feels, and sounds intensely entertaining.  i cannot wait to see it!



1. Jen - December 8, 2008

The interrogation is my favorite scene of the year. Who is that guy?

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