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Spielberg and Cruise Take on War of the Worlds

Serendipity has smiled once more on Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. The Hollywood Reporter says that the Oscar-winning director and shamefully Oscar-denied actor are greenlit for Spielberg's adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction classic "The War of the Worlds." The "War" project came together after Spielberg and Cruise were freed up from other films they had previously committed to. The film will reteam the two powerhouses behind one of my personal favorites, 2002's "Minority Report."

Spielberg was looking to next direct "Munich '72", a drama recounting the hostage crisis during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, but a complete script rewrite caused an indefinite delay.

Cruise was forced to shop for a new director for "Mission: Impossible 3" after the recent exit of Joe Carnahan ("Narc"). Even with J.J. Abrams (television's "Felicity" and "Alias") picking up the director reins, Paramount has decided to delay the shooting of "M:I-3" until 2005, enabling the studio to slide "War" in as their summer '05 blockbuster.

"The War of the Worlds" (or "TWotW" ... trust me, as far as acronyms go, it'll sweep the nation) will go before cameras in November. We'll be keeping an eye on this project on our spotlight page. -- Reggie

Posted by Mac on August 12, 2004 04:29 PM
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