War of the Worlds is one of those movies they keep re-making, but never faithfully. While we wait for the inevitable filmed version of the musical, there’s a Blair Witch-style take opening this weekend in very limited release, hoping for Oscar qualification (hey, dream the impossible dream, right?). And by very limited I mean one theater. In Pasadena.
If you’re interested in seeing it, though, I wouldn’t worry. It’ll probably be on DVD by the end of the week. In the meantime, you can enjoy the vast array of merchandise the filmmakers have made available. It’s gotta be tough promoting a movie like this, when everybody will think you’re referring to a different, pre-existing version. That overly busy poster above doesn’t help; you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s a War of the Words.
Anyway, here’s the trailer. It’s not going to fool anyone into thinking it’s real footage, but I have to say it looks like fun. It also looks like they got the idea from watching the animated movie 9.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist