From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 07:50:49 -0800 Fwd Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 13:04:35 -0500 Subject: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds' Source: WebIndia123.com - Kochi, India http://www.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=33872&cat=Entertainment March 18, 2004 Spielberg and Cruise team up for "The War of The Worlds"! Washington--It couldn't get better than this. After enthralling audiences with their 2002 offering, Speilberg and Cruise are joining forces again to bring H.G. Wells' classic alien-invasion epic, The War of the Worlds, to the big screen. "They are working on the screenplay for it and they're trying to move it along quickly," E-Online quoted Speilberg's publicist, Marvin Levy as saying. The project, a coproduction of Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions and DreamWorks, is yet another UFO tale by Speiberg. According to the report, War of World's is a darker sci-fi film like A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Minority Report and 2002's Emmy-winning Sci Fi Channel miniseries, Taken, produced by Speilberg. Shooting for the film is expected to start in the late 2005, as soon as screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) completes a rewrite of Josh Friedman's first draft and Spielberg and Cruise clear their calendars. Wells' War of the Worlds novel was first published in 1898 but achieved a whole new level of notoriety in American culture when Orson Welles' Mercury Theater adapted it into a now-infamous 1938 live radio drama. Since then, there have been numerous attempts made to resurrect War of the Worlds on film, but all failed save a little-known TV series in the late '80s, the report adds. The War of the Worlds will be the first E.T.-themed encounter for Cruise and his third starring role for Spielberg. If all goes as planned, the movie will hit theaters most likely in summer 2006.
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