War of the Worlds Remake on the Fast Track

A new film based on H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, has been put on a fast track for production, according to variety magazine. I think this could be the coolest film coming in awhie.

Abrams, who makes his feature-film directorial debut, replaces Joe Carnahan, who quit over "creative differences."

War of the Worlds has been put on a very fast track, with only 10 weeks of preproduction. DreamWorks and Paramount are co-financing the movie. The trade paper says that the budget for the film could exceed $100 million.

War of the Worlds, a contemporary adaptation of Wells' classic Mars invasion novel, will have to be rushed to make its November start date and a 2005 release. David Koepp wrote the script; Kathleen Kennedy and Paula Wagner will produce, the trade paper reported.

Contributing Source: Scifi-Wire

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