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War of the Worlds
June 29, 2005
July 1, 2005
Cruise and Paramount go to War
War of the Worlds opened with a spectacular $21.3 million, a best-ever first day number both for its star, Tom Cruise, and for Paramount Pictures as well. The budget for the film is officially listed at $135 million but is believed by most to have been higher, and was a co-financed project for Paramount along with DreamWorks.
Nine other films have historically had better opening days in the middle of the week; however, all of them were sequels with the exception of The Passion of the Christ. Industry estimates have War of the Worlds taking in well over $100 million by Monday.
October 6, 2004
Chatwin goes to War
Justin Chatwin is in talks to star as Tom Cruise's son in the upcoming big budget project War of the Worlds, to be directed by Steven Spielberg. He'd join cast members Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto. Like Fanning, Chatwin was featured in the Spielberg-produced mini-series Taken.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
October 4, 2004
Actors lined up for War of the Worlds
Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto are both in talks to co-star alongside Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. They would join Dakota Fanning, who is already set to play Cruise's daughter in the film. Production will begin in November for a quickly looming June 29, 2005 release. The film is a contemporary version of the 1898 H.G. Wells novel. The screenplay was written by David Koepp.
September 16, 2004
War of the Worlds on Independence Day
Paramount Pictures has set the release date for the Steven Spielberg-directed War of the Worlds as June 29, 2005, which will give the film a long, six-day holiday week to rack up the box office. The Tom Cruise starrer will be in direct competition with the 20th Century Fox superhero flick, Fantastic Four. That Marvel Comics adaptation will debut on July 1st, two days later. Previously, Cruise's Mission: Impossible 3 was scheduled on the same date before that film's production was flip-flopped with War of the Worlds.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
August 31, 2004
Fanning goes to War
Dakota Fanning is set to join Tom Cruise on the Steven Spielberg-directed project War of the Worlds. She'll portray the daughter of Cruise's character. The film will begin shooting in November and is a joint effort from Paramount and DreamWorks.
August 12, 2004
War of the Worlds and M:I3 switch spots
After two days of frantic negotiating, War of the Worlds, which stars Tom Cruise and is being directed by Steven Spielberg, has been fast-tracked. Yesterday, it was reported that Spielberg's 1972 Munich Olympics film had been pushed back due to the need for a rewrite of the screenplay. With newly-hired helmer J.J. Abrams still working on his rewrite of the Mission: Impossible 3 script so that he can begin production, Paramount decided to flip-flop the two tentpole projects. War of the Worlds will now see release in 2005, while Mission: Impossible 3 will be pushed from Summer 2005 to 2006.
DreamWorks is actually co-financing War of the Worlds with Paramount, while Paramount is handling M:I3 on its own. Sources speculate that budgets for both films are probably in excess of $100 million.
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