SciFi Wire has posted some “secrets” about Speilberg’s War of the Worlds remake – oh, excuse me…”re-imagining”.
- The aliens will appear in the massive mechanical tripods described in Wells’ book, and not the boomerang-shaped flying saucers from George Pal’s 1953 movie of the same name. The tripods will be largely computer-generated.
- Tom Cruise’s character, Ray, is a dockworker and father, not a scientist or military leader, as in previous incarnations of Wells’ story.
- Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, stars of Pal’s movie, will have cameo appearances.
- Spielberg’s film will hew closely to themes and events in Wells’ novel, featuring such elements as the red weed and the black smoke, as well as a cellar sequence right out of the book.