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New ‘War Of The Worlds’ Adaptation Begins Filming

Another adaptation of H.G. Wells’ epic science-fiction novel War of the Worlds is coming to the small screen. Filming has begun in Bristol for an eight-episode miniseries from AGC Television.

First published in 1897, War of the Worlds was one of the first stories to deal with the concept of contact with extraterrestrial life and follows two protagonists, a father and daughter, as they try to survive an incoming attack from martians. Two of its most famous adaptations include a 1938 radio broadcast, which fooled people into thinking that aliens were actually invading, and a 2005 feature film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning.


Movie poster for War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise
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The miniseries will star Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern and will be set in present day Europe as a re-imagining of the classic story. It is unknown when the series is scheduled to be released.


Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern
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This is not to be confused with the BBC adaptation starring Rafe Spall and Eleanor Thompson which will be airing later this year.



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Steven Spielberg’s Anticipated ‘West Side Story’ Remake Has Found Its Maria

A fresh new face will be playing a classic role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 musical West Side Story.

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The role of Maria, the titular love interest of the story, will be played by newcomer Rachel Zegler in her first film role. Zegler was one of 30,000 Latina actresses to audition for the role of Maria.


Zegler has stated that she is honored to play the role of Maria in a film, having previously portrayed her in a school play.


West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”


The news comes as the other film’s stars have also been announced. Tony, Maria’s love interest, will be portrayed by Ansel Elgort, the star of Baby Driver. The roles of Bernardo, Maria’s brother, and Anita, Bernardo’s girlfriend, will be portrayed by Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez, respectively. Hamilton performer Josh Andres Rivera has been case as Chino, Maria’s would-be suitor. Rita Moreno, one of the film’s original stars who won an Oscar for her performance as Anita, will return in a new role and also serve as executive producer.



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The casting of mostly Latino and Latina actors was important for Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner. The original film has been accused on whitewashing over the years since its release. Most notably the casting of Natalie Wood, a white actress, in the role of Maria. Spielberg said that he is proud of the diverse group of actors who were cast in the film.


“When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors. I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community.”



The film is set to start filming this summer.



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Steven Spielberg Set to Produce DC’s ‘Blackhawk’ Adaptation

After his smashing success with the film adaptation of Ready Player One earlier this month, Steven Spielberg is ready to take on another adaptation with DC’s Blackhawk. The story would follow a squad of fighter pilots who fight Nazis in World War II and  eventually team up with the Justice League.



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Spielberg has made multiple films set in the same era including Schindler’s List and Empire of the Sun. While Spielberg hasn’t directed a DC comic adaptation before, he has done other comic adaptations including The Adventures of Tintin in 2011. 


When asked about working with Spielberg again to bring Blackhawk to life, Warner Bros. chairman Tony Emmerich said


We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and we are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure.




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While it’s uncertain if Spielberg will direct the movie as well, speculation from Variety and FILM suggest that he will. 


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New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Goes Deep Into Steven Spielberg’s Adaptation

A new trailer has dropped for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation, based on Ernest Cline’s novel based on a screenplay he co-wrote. It’s looking absolutely, 100% insane. It’s a CGI explodey fest with more pop culture references than The LEGO Movie and Comic Con combined. If you read Cline’s novel and this is what you imagined, then, golly me, I am profoundly jealous of your colorful imagination.



The trailer does a lot of legwork in setting up who the main character is, the world(s) he lives in, and how his journey will play out. OASIS looks beautiful, if a little dimly lit. If you’ve ever tried some of the new virtual reality technology out there, imagining a world like the one Cline invented is not that hard to do. When someone touches you in OASIS, you feel it. Can’t really blame the Ready Player One characters for choosing to live in OASIS all the time.


Although Spielberg essentially got the ball rolling on CGI blockbuster blowouts with Jurassic Park, he’s generally used it sparingly (besides The Adventures of Tintin, which, yes, is a Spielberg movie). It looks like he’s going hog wild with it in Ready Player One. It makes sense in context since OASIS is supposed to be a virtual world. It might be the one time in film history when using practical effects would actually take you out of the world.


Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. It’s due out March 30, 2018.


Ready Player One

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