War of the Worlds: Secrets Revealed
The aliens are not martians.
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.
Wow.. that is very interesting indeed. I was hoping to see the "boomerang-shaped" flyings saucers, but those tripods should be pretty cool. And if they are not martains - then who are THEY! *looks up towards the night sky*
You can read the rest of the article here, as Spielberg and Cruise talk a little bit more about the film.
War of the Worlds is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 29, 2005 and is turning out (for me) to be one of the most anticipated films of 2005 (next to Star Wars: EPIII and Land of the Dead).
Source: SciFi Wire