Reeves committed over the weekend to play Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar. 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.I hope they do justice to the original, which is one of the most soulful of the ‘50s SF classics. Its moral lessons are still relevant today, unfortunately, and there’s certainly room to bring this story to a new generation if it’s done right.