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War of the Worlds

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:46 am
by bannister
First teaser HERE.

Fisrt part is boring but the "hill" part is awesome. It's gonna be a good good good Spielberg ! (I hope).

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 3:03 am
by Kazu
I'm really, really looking forward to this. Man, I can't believe they're just shooting it now with the release set for Summer 2005. Spielberg works at the speed of light...

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 3:05 am
by bannister
I heard the CGI artists are on the nerves because they're out of schedule and they can't be late for the release.

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 3:38 am
by Reagan
Spielberg is one of my all time heros. I can't think of a single movie of his that I've seen and didn't like (including AI). This WILL be awesome.

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:33 am
by Joe Shig
Consider me officially teased.

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:43 am
by househatke
Yuck. Yuck yuck yuck.

Setting this in modern day is a positively wretched idea. Part of the wonder and charm of the book is that it is set at the turn of the last century. It's a victorian story. I don't see why Spielberg cant play the movie straight.

Anna pointed out, and I think she's right, that part of the thrill of War of the Worlds is the lack of instant communication. In this version ol' Tom Cruise can see what's around him and instead of getting the account of desolation in the city from passers by he can just call it up on his cell phone or check his e-mail or whatever.

I just can't see this working and still retaining the flavor of the book.

If we want a War of the Worlds set in modern times, let's just rent Independance Day.

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:10 pm
by bannister
I totally agree with you Ben, and Anna too.

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:43 pm
by Hupselipup
Ah yes, I agree too, but what if the aliens whipe out most forms of communication first? That would make it even worse for all those modern humans who are used to their cell phones and internet connections.

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:02 pm
by bannister
mmmhh... You're a clever guy Hups. :wink:

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:28 pm
by neil
That's a great insight, Mr. & Mrs. Hatke. Even Orson Welles' radio play thrilled and horrified people by making clever use of the barriers of communication. Like Hupselipup, I hope they find a way to retain that aspect of it.

I'll have to check out the trailer later unfortunately...

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:38 pm
by Joel
Still wish it was set a hundred years ago, and not really digging that Cruise is in it, but I'm a huge fans of Tripods of any sort.
It should be fun!

In other, possible tie-in news, Mr. Seigneret and I might be working on something in the martian vein next year.....

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:48 pm
by Nick
IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!

Jeez, they couldn't even stick to the narrative. Well hopefully it'll be decent, but it won't be War of The Worlds. I'm absolutely gagging to see a version of this film that's true to the book, looks like I'll have to wait a while longer.

Thanks for pointing it out though Bannister, I'd heard mutterings of a War of The Worlds film, but hadn't seen anything until now. I didn't see it in the trailer, but they will be using tripods won't they? WON'T THEY?! I wonder if the film will end in the same way as the book...I can't imagine that would be sufficiently exciting enough for the execs. Hehe, oh well. :)

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:52 pm
by deantrippe
Joel wrote:Still wish it was set a hundred years ago, and not really digging that Cruise is in it, but I'm a huge fans of Tripods of any sort.
Ditto.
Joel wrote:In other, possible tie-in news, Mr. Seigneret and I might be working on something in the martian vein next year.....
Whoa! Way more exciting.

Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:23 pm
by Coheteboy
Wow, I thought this trailer was pretty haunting! I can't wait to see what spielberg delivers to us next year!

Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:55 pm
by Siftland
Reagan wrote:Spielberg is one of my all time heros. I can't think of a single movie of his that I've seen and didn't like.
That's funny. I can't think of a single movie of his I like.




Victorian vs. aliens would have been a good start though.