The Day The Earth Stood Still beamed into deep space; director washes hands of alien invasion

Twentieth Century Fox likes to think big. This time they’ve thought far outside the box. Keanu Reeves’ new movie, The Day The Earth Stood Still will be the world’s first “galactic motion picture release”. The film will be beamed into space by Deep Space Communications Network located east of Orlando. 

Photo © Twentieth Century Fox
Photo © Twentieth Century Fox

“We at Fox always like to think big, and what’s bigger than a ‘galactic’ release of a major motion picture event? We look forward to sharing The Day the Earth Stood Still with our galactic neighbours near Alpha Centauri – and look forward to their feedback…eight years from now,” said Bruce Snyder, president of Twentieth Century Fox domestic distribution.

Deep Space Communications is a private organization that was formed to communicate with outer space. The staff consists of communications experts and broadcast engineers who transmit signals regularly from the space centre into deep space. For a fee, you can also hire Deep Space Communications to send your own personalized message into deep space.

The film will move through space at 186,000 miles per second. The deep space transmission begins today to coincide with the film’s opening and can be intercepted and viewed at various points in our own solar system. Any civilizations orbiting Alpha Centauri will be able to receive and view the film through 2012.

“We are thrilled about beaming this film into space. This will be our first full length movie transmission. And what could be more relevant to send into Deep Space than a movie about the Earth’s acceptance of visitors from outer space,” said Jim Lewis, managing director, Deep Space Communications Network.

Deep Space Communications Network estimates arrival times at:
(Distance from Earth – at the speed of light – and transmission time, as follows):

Moon: 0.000000038, 1.1991888 seconds
Sun: 0.000016, 8.41536 minutes
Mercury: 0.0000095, 4.99662 minutes
Venus: 0.00000476, 2.5035696 minutes
Mars: 0.0000076, 3.997296 minutes
Jupiter: 0.0000666, 35.028936 minutes
Saturn: 0.000135, 1.18341 hours
Uranus: 0.000285, 2.49831 hours
Neptune: 0.00046, 4.03236 hours
Pluto: 0.0006183, 5.4200178 hours
The film’s director isn’t thrilled about this development and washes his hands of eventual invasion. When asked why they decided to beam the movie into deep space he said,

“I have no idea. Somebody did, and told me they did it. And then I found that out and thought, “Boy I hope I’m not the one responsible for bringing the evil aliens. I hope whoever finds it is nice.”

So, while the rest of us will be paying at the box office, aliens around the universe can view the film for free. I wonder if they’ll have popcorn?
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