Who wants to see a 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' remake?
True confession time: I have never actually watched Plan 9 from Outer Space, the legendary worst movie of all time, in its entirety. I’ve seen various scenes here and there over the years, and enjoyed them in all their kitschy glory, but somehow I’ve never been motivated to bump that DVD from the lower reaches of my Netflix queue. I just feel like the real thing could only disappoint me after seeing itsimage rehabilitated about as much as possible in Tim Burton’s brilliant Ed Wood, you know? Besides, I’ve already seen enough of Plan 9 to get as good a sense of its poorly acted, improbably scripted, incompetently shot mise en scène as I’ll ever need.
Or have I? According to io9, some blessed lunatic is remaking Plan 9. I’m tempted to dismiss this as a joke, but filmmaker John Johnson doesn’t seem to be kidding. He claims on the remake’s official site that he wants to create a “character-driven…serious-minded retelling of the original story, paying homage to the spirit of Wood’s film without resorting to camp or parody.” I just can’t wait to see what he does with the subtle, nuanced characters of Ghoul Man, Vampire Girl, and Patrolman Larry!
Honestly, I think I sort of have to see this remake if it ever really comes out, just as a measure of recognition for the sheer chutzpah it must have taken Johnson to pull this project together. And if he really does succeed in making a dead-serious, straight-faced Plan 9, that’ll only make it easier to appreciate on a camp level, right? So would any of you have any interest in seeing this thing? Selected highlights (if that’s the right word) from the original disaster are below, to refresh your memory…