Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox has landed Keanu Reeves for a part in their re-make of the 1951 Sci-Fi hit, "The Day The Earth Stood Still"
Erwin Stoff is producing, with Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") directing from a script by David Scarpa. Reeves' commitment puts the picture on track for a late fall or early 2008 production start. Studio sees it as a tentpole.A "tentpole" is a term used to describe a studio's main focus of marketing and attention around a holiday or major movie-watching season (I.E. Christmas, 4th of July, etc). Its technically a film that is supposed to help carry other, weaker films the studio is trying to put out. If the tentpole fails, everything else will collapse around it.
In other words, this means FOX is going to put a ton of money into special effects and marketing to make sure this film is a huge box-office success.
The original movie is the story of an alien visitor named Klaatu that lands on Earth with his obedient robot Gort and warns the people of Earth that they must live in peace or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
With Keanu's acting ability, one would think that he would be playing the robot, but sadly someone has decided that he should play the humanoid character.
Klaatu barada nikto...dude.