As noted earlier, the trailer for The Day The Earth Stood Still has arrived

And MTV is talking to director Scott Derrickson.

Derrickson is sure to be criticized for remaking a classic. But hey, if the remake is good, so what? And based on his previous work, we should assume that it will be more thought-provoking than most sci-fi films. Have you seen Land of Plenty (which was directed by Wim Wenders) or The Exorcism of Emily Rose? Derrickson’s a man with much on his mind. And if he sticks close to the original story (the first film took liberties), that will be even more interesting.

Here’s a snippet:

The original was a not-so-subtle allegory for Christ (the alien’s human name is Carpenter, he calls for peace, he is resurrected at the end, etc.). Is Derrickson’s version as overt?

“I don’t think you can really escape that metaphor,” Derrickson said. “I think the Christ-myth stories make great stories, whether it’s The Matrix or Braveheart, they all are tapping into some kind of deep myth in our DNA, and by myth I don’t necessarily mean false. I mean something that has mythological power and that’s definitely part of the story and part of what attracts me to it. My approach to that was to not discard that, but to be not quite as direct as the original.”

Thanks to Chattaway for catching this.