the next 'Most Expensive Movie Ever'

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  1. kartaron

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    Steven Spielberg has drafted Dennis Muren and Industrial Light & Magic to do the visual effects for his fast-tracked adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Based on H.G. Wells' legendary science fiction classic, The War of the Worlds (published in 1898), the film is a modern day version of what most critics agree is the definitive model for alien invasion stories.

    THR says the shot count for War has yet to be determined, however, it will most likely not be as large as Spielberg's last genre outing, Minority Report, which boasted 400 special effects shots.

    The trade adds that ILM's landing the gig was "fortuitous" as they've nearly finished with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and were looking for a project that would film sometime in late 2004 or early 2005.

    War of the Worlds goes before cameras this November. Tom Cruise stars and David Koepp penned the script.

    War of the Worlds will be the costliest film in Hollywood history and goes before cameras this November. Tom Cruise stars and David Koepp penned the script. A fifth of its eventual profits will go to director Spielberg and Tom Cruise. Titanic previously held the title for most expensive movie.

    http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2004-08-18

    http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/538/538578p1.html

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  2. kartaron

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    Due to the fact that H.G. Wells wrote the book in 1898, the writing has entered public domain. That means nobody owns the title or the story that has become so famous. In fact it is available here:

    http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/warworlds/warw.html

    When the details started being released about Spielberg's version, another production company, Pendragon Pictures, made the announcement that their picture has not been started back up (they claim to have halted due to 9/11) and has not been able to make the corrections necessary to make any preparations to start up.

    So as not to confuse the two I figured I would post their comments here.

    http://www.dowse.com/movies/wotw-news.html

    http://www.pendragonpictures.com/WOTWKEY.html
     
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    As a follow up to the other War of the Worlds production, It seems earlier statements that they havent gotten back to filming was incorrect:

    You might recall reading a few years ago about a new adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic story War of the Worlds from a company called Pendragon Pictures. It was to be a contemporary version of the story, and had made it to the casting phase (Michael Caine was attached) before the events of 9/11 made a film about a city under siege seem like an idea that's not so great.

    And that was the last we heard of their War of the Worlds movie.

    Until now. As it turns out, Pendragon has been quietly reworking the project into a faithful adaptation of Wells' novel. They've set the story at the turn of the 20th century, assembled a cast of relative unknowns... and already shot the thing in England and the Pacific Northwest.

    The film, directed by Timothy Hines (who has led the charge from the project's beginnings), will now enter post-production where CGI and miniatures join the full-scale models and mechanical effects already filmed. The plan is to release the film in Spring 2005.

    Of course, you may have heard that Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg are reuniting on a project called... War of the Worlds. The filmmakers at Pendragon are unconcerned. "Now that they have announced that they are doing a modern version, I think there's room for both our productions to exist," says Hines. "From what I understand, they are changing the story dramatically, whereas we have point-by-point recreated the book for the screen. Our production of War of the Worlds is set at the turn-of-the-century. We're almost a back story to their version, sort of like a prequel."

    Well, Pendragon may have a decimal point of Cruise/Spielberg's $200 million-plus budget powerhouse, but I'm still looking forward to their more authentic adaptation of the material. For those who aren't familiar with the tale (and I have no idea how that's possible), Wells' story chronicles an alien invasion of Victorian-era England. It was made even more famous with a Halloween 1938 radio broadcast from Orson Welles that caused people to believe an actual Martian invasion was taking place in New Jersey (of all places).

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    stephen spielbergs will be terrible, the other oen will be amazing!!