The Day The Earth Stood Still
Why didn't anyone tell me about this?!
More importantly, though, it quite appropriately casts Keanu Reeves as Klaatu. After watching the preview, I doubt there could have been a more perfect actor playing the role of the quiet, warning envoy that is Klaatu.
The preview is quite intriguing and the movie looks to have several similarities to the original. However, 57 years after the original DTESS came out, the new version has the benefit of super computers and CGI, and the special effects look spectacular.
In the 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still, Klaatu delivered a stern warning to a planet on the brink of worldwide nuclear war, and while things didn't end so well for Klaatu, the humans seemed to get the message and be spared planetary destruction by interplanetary pacifists. In more recent sci-fi 'alien / end of days' movies, however--like Cloverfield, the remake of War of the Worlds, Signs, and even the current The Happening--the humans get a serious beat-down. The preview for the new DTESS seem to indicate that it may continue that trend, the idea that we'll learn the lesson a little better if you decimate us first.
Go watch the preview; it's quite exciting, whether you're a DTESS fan like me, a sci-fi fiend, or just a movie buff. Plan on being at a theater the weekend of December 12.
(Oh, and if you're like me, and suddenly towards the end of the preview realize you haven't seen Gort, just wait for it...)