War of the Worlds, Found-Footage Style


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.