Cruise, Spielberg Talk "War of the Worlds"

by | February 11, 2005 | Comments

Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg took some time off from their busy "War of the Worlds" shoot in Los Angeles to speak with the press about their forthcoming movie. In the interview, Speilberg revealed that wanted to make this movie 12 years ago, but lost interest when "Independence Day," as well as other "scavenger films … that sort of picked the bones of H.G. Wells," came out. He revisited the idea when looking for another film to work together with Cruise. Asked as to what attracted Cruise to the movie, Cruise answered, "’War of the Worlds’ was always a book that I really enjoyed and I felt that the story could be relevant, that the opportunity for character, it’s, all the elements are exciting." As to how the new adaptation will differ from George Pal’s classic, Spielberg said, "We have our own version of the ending that neither strays nor mimics the original book. So I think we’ve hit a very satisfying compromise." On the subject of the "Iron Man" movie, Cruise said, "It’s not happening. Not with me, no." Concluding the interview, Spielberg said that the identity of the director for the "Transformers" movie will be announced in "three or four weeks’" time. "War of the Worlds" will be in theaters June 29th.

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