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[30.04.2005] DreamWorks Fansite meldet...
At the Star Wars C3 in Indianapolis this past weekend, Dan Gregoire, pre visualitzation animation supervisor of WOTW gave our visitor 'Chamberlain' a brief update on FX of the film.
The scooper sent in the following report.
During his presentation Rick McCallum (star wars producer) mentioned that Dan Gregoire had been working with Spielberg.
After Rick's presentation I approached Gregoire and said "hey, Rick said you were working with Spielberg. I'm guessing that means WOTW?" and he said yep, but my job is almost finished. Most of the animatics have been done ages ago and now the regular animators have gone to work on the rest of the CG and and they're making excellent progress with the film.
I told him about the VA shoot and how they had us running in the dark away from Aliens and flashing lights and i asked him what it was going to look like. His answer was that there would be tripods moving through the shot as we run away with Tom and Dakota


[25.04.2005] Bei Eve of the War gibt es neue Szenenbilder aus Spielberg's WOTW...

[08.04.2005] DreamWorks Fansite bietet den japanischen Steven Spielberg's "Krieg der Welten" Trailer, der mit neuem Bildmaterial aufwartet...

[28.03.2005] Pendragon Pictures meldet...
The Principals of Pendragon Pictures announce the push back of the theatrical release date of H.G. WELLS' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS from March 30th, 2005 to late April with the exact date yet to be announced.
"The push back is due entirely to production," states director Timothy Hines. "I've worked for seven years on this film and as the release deadline approached I was faced with a very simple choice, rush the picture or push the release date back and do the movie right." [...]


[25.03.2005] Bei Eve of the War gibt es neue Szenenbilder aus Spielberg's WOTW...

[19.03.2005] Steven Spielberg's "Krieg der Welten" Teaser-Trailer #2 ist online !!!

[12.03.2005] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Für den weltweiten Kinostart von Steven Spielbergs SF-Spektakel "Krieg der Welten" am 29. Juni werden 15.000 Kopien eingesetzt, wie UIP-Verleihchef Oliver Koppert gegenüber Blickpunkt:Film bestätigte. "Seine große Europapremiere wird der Film in Deutschland, wahrscheinlich in Berlin, erleben", so Koppert weiter.

[04.03.2005] Die DreamWorks SKG Fansite bietet einen Set-Bericht... Und USA Today meldet...
[...] Remember when Spielberg was the go-to guy for cuddly aliens such as E.T.? Zap that thought. "I have not seen Steven have this much fun in a long time," says producer Kathleen Kennedy of his return to sci-fi action. "He's uniquely suited to this genre in a way no one else is."
Remember how Spielberg dropped nerve-rattling hints that a dino rampage was afoot in his Jurassic Park movies? Expect the same. "There are tons of those moments," Kennedy says. In fact, there's one in the first 15 minutes that "will knock your socks off."
Bonus treat. The leggy alien war machines that shoot out lethal beams of light. "Let's just say that they are five times the size of a T. rex," Kennedy says.
Yum factor. Spielberg hasn't gone the thrill-ride route for a while. But if anyone can make us care about attacks by intergalactic beings in these fretful post-9/11 times, it's the filmmaker who made us all shark-phobic with Jaws. [...]


[24.02.2005] Al Sullivan's Blogs bietet interessante Infos zu Spielberg's "Krieg der Welten", u.a. ein paar schöne Bilder von rotem, organischen Alien-Material, sowie Infos über die "Aliens" und zum Schwarzen Rauch... Und laut SF Wire wird alles getan, damit der Film möglichst realitätsnah rüberkommt...

[22.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es einen Link zum japanischen Trailer für Spielberg's "Krieg der Welten"...

[21.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es Neuigkeiten zur Herkunft von Spielberg's Marsianern... SPOILER !!!

[12.02.2005] Bei DH gibt es ein Interview mit Spielberg & Cruise...

[11.02.2005] Die DreamWorks SKG Fansite bietet ein ET-"Behind the Scenes"-Video (QT, 7.91 MB)...

[08.02.2005] Bei Apple.com gibt es den "Super Bowl" TV-Spot...

[22.01.2005] The Z Review hat ein paar Szenenbilder in Hi-Res veröffentlicht...

[15.01.2005] Auf der DreamWorks SKG Fansite gibt es ein Interview mit dem Set-Designer Tony Malgapo... Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es erste Antworten auf die Fragen der Fans...

[13.01.2005] Der H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" Trailer von Pendragon Pictures ist online...

[05.01.2005] Bei CS! und Freeze Dried Movies gibt es erste offizielle Szenenbilder... Und die Offizielle Website bietet neues Material...

[24.12.2004] Bei AICN gibt es einen bebilderten Set-Bericht...

[21.12.2004] Bei DreamWorks Fansite und Cinescape gibt es mehrere Bilder von den Dreharbeiten...

[17.12.2004] Bei DreamWorks Fansite gibt es das offizielle Teaser-Poster...

[15.12.2004] Der deutsche Steven Spielberg's "Krieg der Welten" Teaser-Trailer ist online...

[14.12.2004] Bei Latino Review gibt es das Teaser-Poster... Und bei DH gibt es Berichte vom Set...

[10.12.2004] Die Offizielle Website bietet den ersten Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" Teaser-Trailer...

[09.12.2004] Bei Girl on Fire gibt es Bilder vom Set... Unterdessen berichtet AP über untergetauchte Statisten... ;-)

[07.12.2004] WSTM meldet...
Filming of the Steven Spielberg movie "War of the Worlds" begins today in the Greene County village of Athens. [...]
The scene to be shot in Athens will feature crowds fleeing a Martian invasion and will include a 168-foot car ferry. Athens was chosen because of its riverfront location.
The word around town is that Spielberg himself will direct the scene, but the film crew aren't confirming anything.
Last Friday, Cruise and Spielberg were on set in Naugatuck, Connecticut filming some scenes for the movie. They flew in by helicopter and landed in a secluded parking lot behind a chemical plant.


[02.12.2004] Die Offizielle Website ist gestartet... Bei Yahoo! gibt es Bilder vom Set...

[29.11.2004] Daily Freeman meldet...
Locally filmed scenes for the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie "War of the Worlds" will need a more ethnically diverse group of extras than those who turned out for a casting call on Nov. 13, the casting director says.
"We want to make it so they don't just kill white people, they kill everybody," Billy Dowd said during a visit to Athens this week to sort through some 2,000 applications and photographs.
The scene being shot in the Greene County village will depict thousands of people being killed while running to catch a ferry during a Martian invasion. The local filming is scheduled for Dec. 6-9.
"We need more Asian, black and Hispanic extras," he said. "I've called up to Albany to the different organizations - the Chinese community center, and the Japanese cultural association and the international center. We want to make it look like a nice diverse group."
Dowd also is accepting mailed-in submissions from people who want to be extras in the movie. Photographs and phone numbers should be sent to "War of the Worlds" casting, 110 Leroy St., New York, N.Y. 10014. [...]


[23.11.2004] Bei CS! gibt es einen weiteren Set-Bericht...

[21.11.2004] Yahoo! Movies meldet...
[...] In the latest risky adventure in high-budget filmmaking, Steven Spielberg has started shooting "The War of the Worlds," starring Tom Cruise (news), in New Jersey locales including Bayonne, Howell, Newark and upstate New York.
In the first weeks of shooting, production included action sequences with alien forces bombing streets, ripping up sidewalks and blasting apart buildings in industrial-type areas.
The problem is simple -- Spielberg's contempo version of a Martian invasion is supposed to be in theaters on June 29, less than eight months after the Nov. 7 start of lensing. That's a fast turnaround for any production, much less a summer tentpole containing 500 f/x shots.
Spielberg's plan for the 75-day shoot is to shoot the big action segments first, such as a segment in early December with 1,000 extras in Athens, N.Y.
He began submitting sequences to special effects giant ILM during the second week; by the time production wraps, ILM will either have finished or be working on at least half the f/x shots.
If anyone's nervous yet, they're not showing it. Producer Kathleen Kennedy, a longtime Spielberg associate who's producing with Paula Wagner, notes that Spielberg usually shoots in 70 days -- or less.
She notes that 2002's "Catch Me if You Can" -- which had 140 setups across Los Angeles, New York, Montreal and Quebec City, was completed in just 56 days.
She also points out that Spielberg's brought in frequent collaborators such as cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, production designer Rick Carter, editor Michael Kahn and ILM's visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren.
"If anyone can do this, it's Steven," Kennedy asserts. "He's probably the only director who could."
Paramount and DreamWorks are co-financing what's been announced as a $128 million budget, but the Spielberg and Cruise deals call for no fees against a substantial chunk of the gross.


[20.11.2004] Bei CS! gibt es einen bebilderten Set-Bericht...

[18.11.2004] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Steven Spielbergs "Krieg der Welten" wird am 29. Juni in den deutschen Kinos starten - zeitgleich zum Kinostart in den USA. United International Pictures kündigte den ungewöhnlichen Starttermin - der 29. Juni ist ein Mittwoch - heute auf seiner neuen Startliste an.
Spielberg dreht den Film seit wenigen Wochen mit Tom Cruise in der Hauptrolle, nachdem der Drehtermin erst im Spätsommer überraschend vorgezogen worden war.


[16.11.2004] Moviehole sammelt Fragen bzgl. Steven Spielberg's WOTW, die von Spielberg und Cruise beantwortet werden...

[13.11.2004] Saratogian.com berichtet über die Dreharbeiten...

[12.11.2004] Bei DH gibt es ein paar Bilder vom Set von Steven Spielberg's WOTW...

[27.10.2004] Zap2it.com zitiert Tom Cruise...
[...] Earlier in the day he says he was on the set of a remake of "War of the Worlds" with Steven Spielberg. He says he was doing an emotional scene as Justin Chatwin, an estranged father in the middle of a Martian invasion of Earth.
"As I was looking at a photograph I found of my son in the scene, Steven told me to think of the good times I had with my own son, and to get into the mood that way," Cruise explains. "Things like that really help."
But, unlike many of his fellow actors, he's not into Method Acting, saying, "I tried it and it doesn't work for me." [...]


[09.10.2004] NJ.com weiss mehr über die "WotW"-Dreharbeiten, die im November in und um Bayonne und Newark stattfinden werden...

[07.10.2004] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Newcomer Justin Chatwin is in negotiations for a coveted role opposite Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," an adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic novel for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. Chatwin beat out several young actors for the part, which casts him as the son of Tom Cruise's character. Their strained relationship is a significant plot point in the film, sources said, though the script has been closely guarded. [...]

[04.10.2004] CS! meldet...
Tim Robbins (Mystic River) and Miranda Otto ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) are in talks to join Tom Cruise in director Steven Spielberg's The War of the Worlds for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, reports Variety.
Robbins will play astronomer Ogilvy, while Otto will play the wife of the main character played by Cruise. Dakota Fanning will portray their daughter. Production is being fast-tracked to start shooting in November for a June 29 release.
Based on H.G. Wells' legendary science fiction classic, "The War of the Worlds" (published in 1898), the film is a modern day version of what many critics agree is the definitive model for alien invasion stories. David Koepp wrote the film's script.


[18.09.2004] NJ.com meldet...
[...] Pre-production work has begun and city lawyers are in the process of negotiating terms for use of various public properties.
Holly Whidden, a publicist for Paramount Pictures in New York, confirmed yesterday that the studio is planning a film of that name with Cruise and that it is "in the early stages of production."
Shooting may start next month and could wrap by December, one city official said. [...]
As many as nine homes in the area may be involved in the upcoming shooting [...]
Several city officials said they were told by studio representatives that Spielberg and company want to build a structure - probably a gas station or auto body shop - on the Little League field on the south side of First Street near Kennedy Boulevard and then blow it up. [...]


[15.09.2004] Bei Creature Corner gibt es ein paar Insider-Infos zu Steven Spielberg's WOTW...
[...] They're looking to build a gas station in Bayonne, New Jersey and then blow it up [...] Apparently the "new" story is that the aliens rise up from the industrial section of Newark, NJ. [...] They are looking to shoot a scene outside the PNC bank in Newark, NJ in November.

[14.09.2004] Pendragon Pictures war in der Tat nicht untätig: Nach Jahren der Vorproduktion gibt es erste Bilder aus der ersten (!) werkgetreuen Verfilmung, deren Dreharbeiten jetzt beendet wurde...
[...] The live-action production, lensed in tight security under the cover title THE GREAT BOER WAR, took two and a half months to complete on location in England and the Pacific Northwest. The picture wrapped almost three years to the date when Pendragon's original updated version of WAR OF THE WORLDS was shut down due to the events of September 11th. Director Timothy Hines reflects, "We never stopped really. After an initial two-week hiatus, we saw the light in adapting a dead-on accurate version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS from the original source material, thanks to the influence and advice of people such as Charles Keller, the director of the H.G. Wells Society and tens of thousands of fans who wrote us."
A script was immediately begun as the production company shot out a sci-fi movie about robot slaves called CHROME, in order to protect their resources.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS has been a labor of love for the principals at Pendragon. "We haven't rushed anything," beams producer Susan Goforth. "Every period detail has been painstakingly and carefully researched over the last three years as we developed the project," Co-producer John Gallo adds, "Timothy wanted everything to be right, as the fans' expectations are enormous. Like Peter Jackson with LORD OF THE RINGS, Timothy is a deep fan of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. He's been planning to make the movie for decades. The research was grueling and information was sometimes extremely difficult to obtain, such as finding the right class of ship the Thunderchild would have been. But it was worth it. In the end, Tim's vision proved to be right. The movie is detail perfect."
The cast is filled out with world-class actors, such as Jack Clay, founder of the first Professional Actor's Training Program at Southern Methodist University, upon which virtually all other collegiate programs are based. Jack Clay was the acting teacher of many phenomenal talents, such as Academy award-winning actress Kathy Bates and Val Kilmer's opponent in TOMBSTONE, Powers Boothe.
"We didn't have a jillion dollars," states an amused Hines, "But our budget is not embarrassing as we're in eight figures. We certainly could afford movie stars. But I felt dubious about casting huge movie stars like, when, for our first version, we negotiated with Michael Caine, Charlize Theron and Eric Stoltz. The Hollywood agents' methods of negotiation are frustrating and enigmatic to me. Like when Michael Caine's agent claimed at one point to have never spoken with me. When I showed her a pile of faxes and emails between us, she had an assistant call me back and confirm, 'Yes, we are talking.' Instead, we turned to the world's greatest undiscovered talent. For the main protagonist we auditioned twelve hundred and, ironically, found him in our own back yard in the form of Anthony Piana, who portrays the sociopathic Colonel Zet in CHROME. I believe Anthony is the next Al Pacino. His level of commitment and talent is like no actor I've ever seen."
Other cast members include James Lathrop as the Artilleryman and John Kaufmann as the Curate.
In response to fans' concerns about the polish and punch of the special effects, Hines is quick to comment, "We have the best and brightest talent in the FX department. THE WAR OF THE WORLDS is such a known entity that we didn't have to seek them out. They came to us with enthusiasm and a deep desire to be involved. Budget and fees has not been a concern to these people. They are fans, like myself, and are creating this picture with love and integrity. Our effects will be state-of-the-art. We are utilizing both CGI and miniatures as well as many full-scale mechanical effects that were already shot out on set. Besides, the fans can go to our website and check out our movie trailer for CHROME if they have fears."
Concerning the announced Spielberg/Cruise production, Timothy Hines is philosophical, "We communicated with the principals at Paramount before 9/11. They acknowledged in writing through their attorneys that we can make our picture. At that time an Executive producer on Dreamworks' THE TIME MACHINE invited us to his home in Las Vegas, where he informed us that Tom Cruise had aspirations to make the picture. They essentially all told us to go away. Since then, many friends and allies of Tom Cruise have communicated to us the same sentiment. Now that they have announced that they are doing a modern version, I think there's room for both our productions to exist. What they are doing sounds interesting. From what I understand, they are changing the story dramatically, whereas we have point-by-point recreated the book for the screen. Our production of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS is set at the turn-of-the-century. We're almost a back story to their version, sort of like a prequel."
As to the planned Jeff Wayne animated version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, the Pendragon principals were repeatedly approached by Wayne's representatives to work out some form of collaboration, but nothing came of the communications. "I think the Wayne production should be a lot of fun," says Hines. "There's room for us all. Wells was a mega-talent and an incredible visionary. I'm sure the staying power of his Martian invasion story helped bring NASA more hits to their website than any in history when they landed their robot on Mars.
Wells would likely have been amused by all the interest in his work. I'm proud to be the first to accurately bring H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS to the screen."
Pendragon Pictures expects a spring 2005 release for H.G. WELLS' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, however the exact date will be announced by Pendragon's distributor at MIPCOM this October.


[13.09.2004] CS! meldet...
Dutch distributor UIP is reporting that the anticipated Paramount adaptation of H.G. Well's 1989 novel, The War of the Worlds, is now going by a new title - "Out of the Night". The Steven Spielberg-directed film, starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, is slated for a Summer 2005 release date.
Besides the studio actually renaming the film (which would probably lead to a negative fan reaction), several other things can be happening instead.
The movie starts shooting in November and "Out of the Night" could be its title during production, to keep unwanted guests away from set locations, among other things. Also, movies are often named differently overseas, which could be another possibility.
The studio had no comment on the "Out of the Night" title.


[01.09.2004] WarOfTheWorldsFilm.com meldet...
[...] Various unconfirmed sources have reported that WOTW is "poised to make history in Hollywood as the most expensive film ever made - surpassing Titanic's $198 million budget." The report also went on to say, "No expense will be spared. Spielberg wants to make it the film of the decade." [...]

[31.08.2004] CS! meldet...
Dakota Fanning, one of the busiest young actresses on this planet, will star with Tom Cruise in the Steven Spielberg-directed The War of the Worlds for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.
Variety says that Fanning will portray the daughter of Cruise's character in the film, which is being fast-tracked to start shooting in November. [...]
David Koepp wrote the script for "Worlds," which is on target for a summer 2005 release.


[29.08.2004] CS! meldet...
[...] Cruise also talked about how The War of the Worlds came about. "We were just releasing 'Minority Report' and Steven and I were looking for films to make together. I visited him on 'Catch Me If You Can' and we were talking about a couple of things and he says, 'You know what? I think we should do 'War of the Worlds' together.' I just looked at him and said, 'Oh my God'. I was so excited. I've never made a sci-fi movie like this before."
He adds that we have much to look forward to! "It's going to be exciting, it's going to be really scary, and it's going to maintain the tone of H.G. Wells' book. These guys are coming to dominate Earth. But I can't get too much into it because David Koepp has already done a rewrite and Steven has been working on it and things are going to change. We're just in the dream stage. We haven't even cast it yet."
Cruise says "Worlds" will be set in the U.S. but they have not decided on exact locations yet. Filming is expected to start in November.


[12.08.2004] Bei CS! gibt es eine "Hollywood Reporter"-Meldung...
Paramount Pictures is switching its tentpole pictures for next year, says The Hollywood Reporter. Mission: Impossible 3, which has been plagued by director problems, is out, and War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, is in.
The studio said Wednesday that instead of beginning production on "M:I-3" this summer, as had been originally planned, Cruise will instead go directly into Spielberg's modern-day adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic about a Martian invasion of Earth. "War," which has been in development for some time, will begin filming in November for a release sometime next year. [...]
David Koepp (Spider-Man , Panic Room) wrote the "War" script. Spielberg and Cruise previously teamed up for blockbuster Minority Report.


[03.07.2004] Handelt es sich bei WarOfTheWorldsTheMovie.Com wirklich um die Offizielle Website !?! Paramount scheint jedenfalls nicht dahinterzustecken...

[24.03.2004] The Dominion Post meldet...
Insiders say that a New Zealand film set is at the top of the list of possible destinations. Industry sources told The Dominion Post that a Paramount production is rumoured to be starting in New Zealand later this year or early next year. Paramount has been confirmed as having the production rights to the H G Wells' classic tale of alien invasion.
Cruise, who filmed The Last Samurai in Taranaki last year, will produce and star in the film and Spielberg will direct.
Film NZ acting chief executive Louise Baker said she had not "even heard a whisper" about the rumour that New Zealand was in the running as a possible destination for the filming.
"We do know about lots of things that are happening and that is not one of them . . . It's a long way out too. If it's not happening till next year, I doubt there is even a script let alone a budget, let alone where they might be shooting it." [...]


[18.03.2004] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Die seit langem von Tom Cruise, seiner Produktionspartnerin Paula Wagner und Paramount geplante Verfilmung des Science-Fiction-Hits "Krieg der Welten" hat nun in Steven Spielberg einen Regisseur gefunden. Gleichzeitig beteiligt sich Dreamworks an der Produktion des als großes SF-Epos geplanten Projekts, in dem Cruise die Hauptrolle übernehmen wird. Die erste von Josh Friedman verfasste Drehbuchversion - basierend auf H. G. Wells' Kult-Roman um die Invasion von Aliens - wird derzeit von David Koepp überarbeitet. Die Dreharbeiten sollen Ende 2005 beginnen. Bekannt wurde der 1898 geschriebene Stoff vor allem durch das von Orson Welles 1938 inszenierte Hörspiel im amerikanischen Radio, weil die Hörer die Geschichte für bare Münze hielten und in Massenpanik ausbrachen. Darüberhinaus war der Roman 1953 von Byron Haskin verfilmt worden.

[05.11.2002] Pendragon Pictures meldet...
Pendragon Pictures announces that it is upping the planned release date of WAR OF THE WORLDS, its feature motion picture production of H.G. Wells' classic novel, from summer 2005 to summer 2004.
Having just completed live-action photography of his sci-fi action movie CHROME, director Timothy Hines explains the WAR OF THE WORLDS schedule change. "For me, CHROME opened up better ways to make a large-scope fantasy film. On the CHROME shoot we had partial characters, virtual characters and miniature characters, all composited into amazing fantasy settings of the future. We took advantage of the new technologies for special effects and pushed the boundaries. What we discovered in making CHROME, we are applying to WAR OF THE WORLDS, allowing a streamlining of the production and bringing us there sooner than we had originally planned."
Visual Effects Supervisor Karl Cottle agrees, "The enormous slate of effects in CHROME has made us ready to face WAR OF THE WORLDS. It's a challenge I'm very excited about."
Set in England at the turn-of-the-century as in the book, Pendragon Pictures production of WAR OF THE WORLDS will be an accurate translation to the screen. Their previous modern-day version of WAR OF THE WORLDS was abandoned due to the events of September 11th. The majority of fans supported Pendragon Pictures' actions, though some were displeased.
"Some people wrote us to say they thought we were giving in to the terrorists by shutting the picture down," reflects producer Susan Goforth. "What they didn't know is that our updated version had scenes with people jumping from burning buildings and planes falling out of the sky. Portions of the script were so close to the WTC attack, I don't think the world would ever have accepted that version. There is a staggering amount of interest from all over the world in our production of WAR OF THE WORLDS. Overwhelmingly people are supporting our decision to set the picture in the correct time."
Director Timothy Hines adds, "In light of recent and ongoing world events, and with the urging of respected Wells supporters like Charles Keller, director of the Wells Society, I am convinced it's the only way to do it. It was the first extraterrestrial story and still, over a hundred years later, the most revered by the world.
"There is a great deal of responsibility in getting it right. WAR OF THE WORLDS is the perfect egg of a story. It has everything--suspense, terror, action, alien invaders and the test of humanity's ability to survive under unimaginable opposition and aggressive force. I will not get in the way of the material. A studio executive expounded at length to me how the story needed modern changes and would require some amount of 'derivative homage' to the previous film version. WAR OF THE WORLDS doesn't need to be rewritten or embellished. Those who think that are missing the story somehow or haven't read it. It has held up over a hundred years for a reason. It works. Period."
Timothy Hines is being tight lipped about the cast of WAR OF THE WORLDS at this time, stating only, "A few pleasant surprises are coming down the pike with the cast." [...]


[09.06.2002] Pendragon Pictures meldet...
In response to overwhelming requests for comment about director Timothy Hines' possible involvement in the planned Tom Cruise version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, Hines took time away from the set of his new science fiction fantasy movie CHROME, to comment.
"We approached Paramount with a version of WAR OF THE WORLDS nearly a year before September 11th. At that time we learned that Tom Cruise was interested in becoming involved in a WAR OF THE WORLDS project. Nothing came of it then as we were mostly focused on copyright issues with Paramount," stated Hines.
The principals of Pendragon Pictures are not allowed to comment on the complicated copyright issues of the WAR OF THE WORLDS property, but CHROME producer Susan Goforth confirmed, "Paramount has acknowledged in writing that Pendragon Pictures has certain rights to produce a version of WAR OF THE WORLDS. They certainly know everything about our WAR OF THE WORLDS project and how we were forced to push the project back due to the World Trade Center attack. News of our project has been published all over the world and in virtually every language."
Timothy Hines adds, "Tom Cruise has not approached me or my company concerning a version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, but I'm open to talking with him," stated Hines between takes of an action scene on an elaborate floating transport set at Pendragon Pictures studio in the Seattle area.
Hines went on to say, "I am now convinced that the only way to make WAR OF THE WORLDS is to be one hundred percent true to the book. In the light of current world events, Wells' vision is more timely than ever and it needs to be translated to the big screen intact. If that's the kind of production Tom Cruise is interested in doing, then we may have common ground to talk."
In any case, Timothy Hines and Pendragon Pictures are going forward with the production planning and script polishing of WAR OF THE WORLDS.
"We've endured too much and fought to hard not to follow through. We will make WAR OF THE WORLDS. But right now I've got another movie to shoot," Timothy Hines reflected as he moved into the center of the action on the CHROME set. [...] WAR OF THE WORLDS will be ready for release in 2004.


[15.05.2002] Bei AICN gibt es ein Kommentar zur gestrigen Meldung...

[14.05.2002] Bei Coming Soon! gibt es eine Variety-Meldung zu lesen, laut der Steven Spielberg evtl. die Regie beim Remake übernehmen wird...
Before Paramount announced Tom Cruise and C-W partner Paula Wagner would produce H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" as a feature, word circulated in Hollywood that the pic would reteam Cruise and his "Minority Report' director Steven Spielberg. Spielberg wasn't mentioned in the announcement, nor was Par saying Cruise would be the pic's star. The studio told Dish there was no director and a spokesman for Spielberg denied he was involved. Then again, that was the response when Dish revealed C-W was circling David Fincher to helm "Mission: Impossible 3", an alliance subsequently announced in stereo. Stay tuned.

[13.05.2002] Pendragon Pictures meldet...
While rewriting and development are in progress with WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pendragon Pictures is moving forward with its major scope live action science fiction fantasy movie CHROME.

[12.05.2002] Die NZ berichtet über das "Tom Cruise"-Remake... Und Phantastik.de meldet...
Letztes Jahr war ein "Krieg der Welten"-Remake geplant, welches allerdings durch die Ereignisse vom 11.09.01 verschoben wurde. Offenbar wird aus dem Projekt jetzt nichts mehr, den Paramount Pictures hat laut "Hollywood Reporter" bekanntgegeben, zusammen mit Tom Cruise als Produzenten ein Remake in die Kinos zu bringen. Die Marsinvasion soll 2003 in Produktion gehen.

[10.05.2002] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Paramount Pictures and studio-based C/W Prods. will bring author H.G. Wells' classic Martian invasion tale "The War of the Worlds" back to the big screen. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner will produce the project, which is aimed to go into production next year. There is no screenwriter attached and no commitment from Cruise to star in the project. "War" previously had been brought to the screen in 1953 by Paramount and director Byron Haskin. [...]

[21.02.2002] Phantastik.de meldet...
[...] Die Neuverfilmung von "Der Krieg der Welten" wurde in den vergangenen Wochen stark ueberarbeitet - so wurde die Idee, die Story in der Gegenwart spielen zu lassen verworfen. Der Film soll nun, wie die Vorlage H.G. Wells Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts spielen. Die Moeglichkeit, den Film in der Gegenwart spielen zu lassen, sei durch die Ereignisse vom 11.09.01 unmoeglich gemacht worden meinte der Regisseur Timothy Hines zu dieser Aenderung. "Der Krieg der Welten" soll nun im Sommer 2005 in die Kinos kommen.

[07.10.2001] Phantastik.de berichtet...
Die Dreharbeiten an der Neuverfilmung von "Der Krieg der Welten" wird nun doch nicht am Montag starten! Pendragon Pictures hat heute bekanntgegeben, dass das Drehbuch des Films aufgrund der Ereignisse vom 11.09.01 "erheblich" ueberarbeitet wird. Nunmehr heisst es, es werde noch mindestens ein Jahr dauern, bis man die Dreharbeiten starten koenne. Hintergrund: Die Verantwortlichen bei Pendragon Pictures haetten bei dem Angriff auf das WTC einen "engen Freund und Investor" des Films "Krieg der Welten" verloren. Dieses sei fuer Pendragon Pictures eine schwierige Zeit, wie auch fuer die Firma Foundation Imaging, die nun einen Teil der bereits hergestellten F/X-Shots vernichten muessen, da man diese Szenen in einem Film nach den Ereignissen in New York nicht mehr benuetzen koenne. Susan Goforth, eine Produzentin des Films, meint jetzt, man muesse das Drehbuch von Grund auf neu ueberarbeiten, diverse Sets seien nun nicht mehr zu benutzen. [...]

[05.10.2001] Dark Horizons berichtet, dass der Drehbeginn auf den 8. Oktober verschoben wurde...

[13.09.2001] Phantastik.de berichtet...
Die Arbeiten am Film "Krieg der Welten" wurde vorerst ausgesetzt. Wie Pendragon Pictures uns mitteilte, wolle man fuer mindestens eine wenn nicht gar zwei Wochen die Produktion stoppen. Regisseur Timothy Hines: "I don't, in any way, wish to potentially contribute to the pain and grief of those affected by this senseless act of terror."

[12.09.2001] Pendragon Pictures verkündet auf der Startseite der firmeneigenen Website...
With a heavy heart and anger at the recent events that have unfolded with the attack on the World Trade Center, we are, due to many similarities of our project to these events, forced to go on hiatus for one to two weeks, to assess our project and its potential effects on the spirit of the world.
The principles of Pendragon Pictures have direct connection with some of those lost in the WTC tragedy.
Our hearts and condolences go out to all those who are suffering from this loss.


[04.09.2001] Phantastik.de berichtet...
Neues von den Machern des SF-Films "Krieg der Welten", der in den USA zu Halloween 2002 in die Kinos kommen soll. Der Regisseur Timothy Hines und Produzentin Suzan Goforth haben bei Washington Bildaufzeichnungen von Waldbraenden gemacht, welche spaeter per CGI im Film genutzt werden sollen. Die Produzentin teilte dazu mit, sie habe bereits Angst um Hines gehabt, der von dem Feuer derart fasziniert gewesen sei, dass er immer naeher ran wollte mit der Kamera. Weiters wurde jetzt Seattle als Filmort und der 15.10.01 als Drehstart fuer die vorbereitenden Dreharbeiten genannt. Die oertlichen Behoerden haetten bereits gruenes Licht gegeben fuer die Dreharbeiten, u.a. wird es Szenendrehs auf einer Autobahn geben, bei der hunderte von zerstoerten Autos in Flammen aufgehen werden. Auch die oertlichen Geschaefte werden beim Film mitspielen: Viele haetten bereits zugestimmt, ihre Schaufenster durch ramponierte Fenster bei den Dreharbeiten ersetzen zu lassen - schliesslich soll die Invasion der Marsianer realistisch gezeigt werden. Der Regisseur will neben CGI-Effekten moeglichst vieles reales Bildmaterial nutzen, um dem Zuschauer eine reale Invasion zu vermitteln. Er meint, H.G. Wells wuerde sehr erfreut darueber sein, mit welchem Aufwand dessen Visionen realisiert wuerden. Keine News gibts zum Thema Darstellerliste, zur Zeit sei das Casting noch im Gange. Interessant ist in der Beziehung ein Gewinnspiel auf der Site der Produktionsfirma Pendragon Pictures unter www.pendragonpictures.com - dort koennen neun bezahlte Nebenrollen gewonnen werden, die Gewinner werden ausserdem zur Premiere des Films nach New York geflogen, dort darf der erstplazierte Gewinner sogar ueber seine Erfahrungen bei den Dreharbeiten sprechen, alle Gewinner werden in einem geplanten "Making of"-Buch zum Film erwaehnt werden.

[22.07.2001] "Coming Soon!" berichtet ausführlich über den Stand der Dinge... u.a. soll die Newcomerin Katie Tomlinson mitspielen, die aus 900 Bewerberinnen ausgewählt wurde... Um die Spezialeffekte kümmert sich in erster Linie die Firma Foundation Imaging, die u.a. die Effekte für "Star Trek: Voyager" und die neue "Enterprise" schuf... Weiterhin arbeitet auch Jon Sorenson, er konstruierte die "Nostromo" für "Alien", am Film mit...

[19.07.2001] Pendragon Pictures hat neue Termine bekanntgegeben... Die Dreharbeiten beginnen im Herbst 2001... Der Film soll an Halloween 2002 in die US-Kinos kommen... Und "Dark Horizons" zitiert den Regisseur Tim Hines...
"As the details of our production became more refined, we realized we had it within our grasp to release by Halloween, which I really want to do as Halloween is the night Orson Welles broadcast his famous radio version of WAR OF THE WORLDS. I feel the approach to our production has a great deal in common with the approach Orson Welles took with the material, and we will make history on Halloween night, 2002."

[09.06.2001] Dark Horizons berichtet...
Pendragon Pictures has just put out an official press release indicating that Sir Michael Caine is in negotiations to star in the $42 million budget sci-fi project. Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey (u.a. "Reign of Fire") have also been approached to star, though one name already locked in is AICN's Harry Knowles who will perform a cameo "where he dies a horrible, gruesome death on screen". Director Timothy Hines is already making some grand statements: "I intend to cut the film as NC-17 and resubmit until the ratings board allows an R. This won't be from gore and violence, which goes along with the territory in WAR OF THE WORLDS, but from the sheer psychological terror that the script invokes".

[08.06.2001] Pendragon Pictures hat weitere Produktionskizzen veröffentlicht...

[19.05.2001] Harry Knowles von "AICN" sprach mit dem Regisseur Timothy Hines... u.a. gibt es einige Details zur Umsetzung der Special Effects - Hines bevorzugt Modelle !!! Das Budget soll bei 42 Mio. US-$ liegen...

[10.05.2001] Laut "Dark Horizons" soll die Neuadaption düsterer sein als die Verfilmung aus den 50ern, zudem werde es darin Kampfmaschinen mit Tentakeln und Giftgaswaffen zu sehen geben...

[09.05.2001] Phantastik.de berichtet... Die neue Firma Pendragon Pictures hat bekanntgegeben, dass sie im September mit der Produktion eines Remakes des SF-Streifens "Der Krieg der Welten" beginnen wird. Der Film basierte auf einem Roman des SF-Autoren H.G. Wells. Laut "SF-Wire" wird der Chef von Pendragon Pictures, Timothy Hines, selbst die Regie übernehmen. Das Drehbuch stammt von Susan Goforth, sie soll auch im Film neben zahlreichen TV-Darstellern zu sehen sein. Das Budget des Films liege bei 42 Mio. US-Dollar, gedreht werden soll mit dem gleichen Digitalsystem, welches auch George Lucas für "Episode II" benutzt...


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