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A Look Inside War of the Worlds

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.
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