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 Posted:   Aug 11, 2004 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Any news on this project?

Thanks

Philipp

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2004 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

SCORECHASER: WOTW is my favorite sci-fi work, so like you, I try to follow how the remake is progressing. Since it was announced that Spielberg was directing, I've heard nothing new about it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2004 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I just hope they don't rush it.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news04/040812a.php

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2004 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

Paramount Pictures has put War of the Worlds on the fast track...pushing back Mission Impossible III and an historical film Spielberg was slated to start soon. WotW is scheduled to start shooting the fall for a 2005 release.

SheriffJoe

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2004 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I just checked one of the TWOTW websites and it mentioned the fasttrack, too...and added it appears the Cruise/Spielberg remake will have a contemporary setting, not the Victorian setting announced earlier (it was too good to be true). Also, the low-budget TWOTW remake by Pendragon Studios in Seattle supposedly says it's version has been resurrected again.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2004 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

The latest on TWOTW is that the screenplay is by David Koepp who also wrote JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD. The remake WILL have a contemporary setting.

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2004 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

SheriffJoe, the historical movie, was that VENGEEANCE? Or another one, we didnĀ“t know about? David Koepp is cool!

thank you

Philipp

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2004 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

scorechaser: I'm not sure of the title, but the story was centered around the fallout of the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Apparently, the production hit a snag of some kind, though no one is saying exactly what that snag was.

SheriffJoe

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2004 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Yeah, that was VENGEANCE, according to IMDB. Thank you, Sheriff.smile

Philipp

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2004 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Kathleen Kennedy, a producer for TWOTW, has begun negotiations with Industrial Light and Magic to create the Martians and other special effects. Filming is scheduled to begin in November. I hope Stan Winston designs the Martians. The 1953 TWOTW Martians were markedly different than those depicted by HG Wells. In the novel, they were the size of a bear, had many tentacles and were cumbersome due to earth's greater gravity. In the 1953 film, they had the one three-segment eye, were bipeds and very quick.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2004 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

Yeah, that was VENGEANCE, according to IMDB. Thank you, Sheriff.smile

Philipp


Hi, Philipp --

This may change, but if you check out spielbergfilms dot com, it seems that the title "Vengeance" is likely not the title to this film -- that is just the title of a book that deals with this subject matter, and IMDb has slapped it onto the project in its usual lazy way.

In fact, I have heard on the grapevine that the working title for this film is, or was, "Kings Cross," which has intriguing relevance to the whole Mossad post-Munich Olympic story, if you do your homework and cross reference key words on Google.... I will say no more, but I'm thinking "Parallax View," or an Israeli "All the President's Men" here, folks.

I must add, I'm much more interested in this than a modern day retelling of "The War of the Worlds." I mean, if you're going to make a movie based on the Wells novel, and you have the creative potential to really do it justice, why do we need another modern day adaptation after the 1953 and, God help us, 1996 version with Will Smith?

I hope Spielberg surprises me with a really fresh and biting take on the subject matter, but I was so disappointed to learn they are not going to set this in Victorian London. The period and setting were, for me, what made Wells' novel so great -- it was a brillant, documentary-style parable that shook the heck out of the Victorian colonialism and Industrial Revolution.

I often wonder if Spielberg reads FSM, or even browses these columns because he's such a self-confessed movie score nut, or at least he used to be judging from old interviews and liner notes. If I could say one thing to him I'd say, I love your movies, man, but don't pull your punches. "The War of the Worlds" needs to be an R.

Bah, humbug.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2004 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

DOGPLANT: Concerning TWOTW remake, they shouldn't mess with perfection. Since Tom Cruise is involved, I'm sure the remake will have a Teen Hotty of the Month to create a love interest for Cruise in order to draw a wider audience ($$$$) and a diversity of various races and ethnic groups, including the prerequisite precocious kids in peril (like the Jurassic Park series)in order to sell Martian toys at McDonalds, Toys 'R' Us (more $$$$), etc. I think, but hope not, that TWOTW remake should be titled TOP GUN VS. MARTIANS.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2004 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Alexcremers   (Member)

I mean, if you're going to make a movie based on the Wells novel, and you have the creative potential to really do it justice, why do we need another modern day adaptation after the 1953 and, God help us, 1996 version with Will Smith?

Oh, those dreadful times! It's all coming back to me. The movie gods were nowhere near in sight when they unleashed 'Independence Day' upon us.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2004 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Spielberg's upcoming movie War Of The Worlds is poised to make history in Hollywood as the most expensive film ever made - surpassing Titanic 's $198 million budget. The Oscar-winning director and actor Tom Cruise who first teamed up in Minority Report , will pocket a fifth of the box office profit from the film based on HG Wells ' classic story about Martian invaders. A source says, "No expense will be spared. Spielberg wants to make it the film of the decade." Orson Welles < 1938 radio adaptation caused panic in America when the tale convinced listeners Earth was being invaded.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2004 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

My greatest fear about TWOTW remake is that it will be a typical big budget sci-fi film with an emphasis on formula to attract a wider audience and that it will be a typical Tom Cruise movie. Because it will have a contemporary setting (not Victorian England as originally announced), I don't think it's too farfetched to see Cruise as a Stanford-educated astrophysicist who drives a Porsche and is a former Navy SEAL. He teams up with a 27-year-old stunning female astronaut who got her PhD in microbiology from Harvard and is NASA's top expert on exobiology. Fleeing the Martian onslaught, they meet two precocious kids (one boy, one girl). The little boy just happens to have a mutant gene which gives him pyschic powers which allow him to communicate with the Martians via ESP and.....
Don't laugh---I've seen this formula on other sci-fi films.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2004 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   Senmut   (Member)

Is nothing sacred? Just what we need. Another Tom Cruise fucks up a good idea movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2004 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Gary Kester   (Member)

Is nothing sacred? Just what we need. Another Tom Cruise fucks up a good idea movie.

And apparently, the Martians won't be allowed to wear heels smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2004 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

GARY KESTER: Since the Martians had 16 tentacles, that's gonna save Paramount/Dreamworks a lot of money in the wardrorobe budget. But if they can't wear highheels, I guess that means Nicole Kidman and Sigourney Weaver won't be playing the Martian queen. That leaves Renee Zellwegger.....

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2004 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   lars b   (Member)

Didn't they make this in 1996 called............................



Independence Day ?



NP. Between heaven and earth (a.r.rahman)
Music from 'Warriors Of Heaven And Earth'

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2004 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Gary Kester   (Member)

GARY KESTER: Since the Martians had 16 tentacles, that's gonna save Paramount/Dreamworks a lot of money in the wardrorobe budget. But if they can't wear highheels, I guess that means Nicole Kidman and Sigourney Weaver won't be playing the Martian queen. That leaves Renee Zellwegger.....

Or Zelda Rubinstein (if she's still around... added bonus is, little makeup required to make her look like a Martian...)

 
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