EXCLUSIVE: James Cameron Confirms He Is ‘Actively Involved’ In ‘Forbidden Planet’

This time last year, a rumor emerged that “Avatar” director James Cameron might step up to helm a remake (of sorts) of the sci-fi classic, “Forbidden Planet.” The possibility was sort of substantiated by Latino Review, who reported that Cameron had seen the script and “flipped” for it.

Shortly after, we had the opportunity to follow up with “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski, who was reportedly developing the “Planet” script. As he told MTV News at the time, “I’ve always wanted to do something involving ’Forbidden Planet.’ It’s my favorite science-fiction film of all time. I’ve watched the rights go from one company to the next. I heard that the rights at Dreamworks were about to expire and I went to Joel Silver and said I think if you move quickly you can grab it and I can write it. And he did. It’s the dream of a lifetime to play in that universe.”

Straczynski went on to explain that he has a very specific plan for the project, something unique and fresh. “It’s not a remake. It’s not a reimagining. It’s not exactly a prequel,” he explained at the time. “You’ll have to see it. It’s something that no one has thought of when it comes to this storyline.” With all of this in mind, MTV’s Josh Horowitz had to ask what was up with “Planet” when he spoke to Cameron recently at the “Avatar” junket in London.

“That’s a project that I’m actively involved in, but I haven’t made any decisions about it yet,” Cameron said, adding “I love ’Forbidden Planet.'”

So the rumor as it was originally reported isn’t quite accurate. Yet, anyway. Cameron certainly could still step up to direct, but something tells me he’s probably going to want to dive back in for an “Avatar” sequel if this week’s sci-fi epic performs as expected. And it should, given how freaking awesome it is.

Besides, it’s not like Cameron can make a decision before he gets a feel for where the project is. Which he hasn’t yet. “I haven’t seen it yet,” he said of Straczynski’s script. “I’m supposed to get it here pretty soon.”

So there you have it. Cameron is definitely interested in “Forbidden Planet,” but he’s not making any commitments to it yet. Publicly, anyway. All that said, I expect we’ll eventually see this project blast into space. I’m just not sure that Cameron will be at the helm.

Do you think the world needs more “Forbidden Planet”? Would you like to see Cameron direct? Would you rather he focus his efforts on more “Avatar” action?