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Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds' - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 19:07:12 -0000
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 17:07:40 -0500
Subject: Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds' - Pope

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 09:21:17 -0600
>Subject: Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds'

>>From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 15:57:19 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds'

>>>From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 07:50:49 -0800
>>>Subject: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds'

>>>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.

>>Not so. A movie based on the book was a big success in 1953, and
>>still is lots of fun to watch.

>>That film updated the story, so we earthlings fight the invading
>>Martians with jet planes and atomic bombs, instead of with
>>artillery, as H. G. Wells described. I'd love to know if
>>Spielberg will set his movie in the present day, or (which I'd
>>love to see) in the 1890s.

>So would I. In fact, that was the first question that came to
>mind as I read this report. A modern-day version would be, I'm
>afraid, just another space-invasion yarn, of which there are all
>too many already.

>One set in turn-of-the-last-century England, as Wells's original
>was, would be fascinating indeed. Unfortunately, I expect that
>we'll get the predictable Hollywood version. Let's just hope at
>least that it's better than the recent remake of another Wells
>novel, The Time Machine, which was truly horrible, worse than
>George Pal's earlier film, which I would not have deemed

I too would like to see the movie set in England at the very
beginning of the twentieth century. I would also like to see the
Martian fighting-machines depicted as the walking tripods that
Wells described, as opposed to the more UFO-like machines in the
1953 movie.

List members who know the book well may appreciate the following
anecdote. One day at the Ministry of Defence I received a signal
detailing a UFO sighting reported by a member of the public. I
cannot remember the precise details, but recall that the
description of the object read "cylinder". When I saw that the
location was "Horsell Common" I smiled wryly at the way life can
imitate art, and carefully checked that there was no mention of
the cylinder having landed.

Many authors include a famous or appropriate quote at the
beginning of their books. I used "The War of the Worlds".

Open Skies Closed Minds uses:

"Yet, across the gulf of space... intellects vast and cool and
unsympathetic... regarded this earth with envious eyes, and
slowly and surely drew their plans against us".

The Uninvited uses:

"We have learned... that we cannot regard this planet as being
fenced in and a secure abiding place... we can never anticipate
the unseen good or evil that may come upon us suddenly out of

And there are no prizes for guessing why I titled my first
science fiction novel "Operation Thunder Child".

Now that's a classic scene from science fiction literature that
I'd like to see done well.

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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