Robert Comsol wrote:
So who was FP ripping off?
William Shakespeare. It's well-known that Forbidden Planet
was inspired by The Tempest
"Well-known"? Since the topic of this thread is to separate myth from fact, this is a good occasion to debunk this particular myth.
I recommend reading Shakespeare's actual work
. The protagonists in "Forbidden Planet" differ so vastly in their roles and actions from the characters in The Tempest
that it's most definitely not an adaptation (and neither an inspiration, IMHO).
And I'd strongly recommend you read one or more of CFQ's superb articles on the making of FP, which make it very clear that THE TEMPEST is absolutely the basis for the film's story.