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CHROME, Tom Cruise, and WAR OF THE WORLDS

Published at: June 9, 2002, 9:34 p.m. CST by staff

Father Geek here with more coolness. This, sent in to Geek Headquarters from the offices of Director/Writer Timothy Hines... I'll step aside and let you get right to it...

In response to overwhelming requests for comment about director Timothy Hines' possible involvement in the planned Tom Cruise version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, Hines took time away from the set of his new science fiction fantasy movie CHROME, to comment.

"We approached Paramount with a version of WAR OF THE WORLDS nearly a year before September 11th. At that time we learned that Tom Cruise was interested in becoming involved in a WAR OF THE WORLDS project. Nothing came of it then as we were mostly focused on copyright issues with Paramount," stated Hines.

The principals of Pendragon Pictures are not allowed to comment on the complicated copyright issues of the WAR OF THE WORLDS property, but CHROME producer Susan Goforth confirmed, "Paramount has acknowledged in writing that Pendragon Pictures has certain rights to produce a version of WAR OF THE WORLDS. They certainly know everything about our WAR OF THE WORLDS project and how we were forced to push the project back due to the World Trade Center attack. News of our project has been published all over the world and in virtually every language."

Timothy Hines adds, "Tom Cruise has not approached me or my company concerning a version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, but I'm open to talking with him," stated Hines between takes of an action scene on an elaborate floating transport set at Pendragon Pictures studio in the Seattle area.

Hines went on to say, "I am now convinced that the only way to make WAR OF THE WORLDS is to be one hundred percent true to the book. In the light of current world events, Wells' vision is more timely than ever and it needs to be translated to the big screen intact. If that's the kind of production Tom Cruise is interested in doing, then we may have common ground to talk."

In any case, Timothy Hines and Pendragon Pictures are going forward with the production planning and script polishing of WAR OF THE WORLDS.

"We've endured too much and fought to hard not to follow through. We will make WAR OF THE WORLDS. But right now I've got another movie to shoot," Timothy Hines reflected as he moved into the center of the action on the CHROME set.

"CHROME is a very exciting movie. It's a great story that moves at breathtaking speed from its opening moments," says executive producer Reina Windrum. "The enthusiasm and the adrenaline on the set are running very high. Timothy and his cast and crew are truly inspired. The FX team, headed by Karl Cottle, are creating stunning images."

CHROME is coming in the Summer of 2003. WAR OF THE WORLDS will be ready for release in 2004.

Pendragon Pictures; 800 Fifth Avenue Suite 101-144; Seattle, WA 98104

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  • June 9, 2002, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise to Mother Alien:

    by wasp

    Cruise: "Hey, you look good for being a six-legged slime-covered monstrosity." Mother Alien: "I want to have your love child, you adorable little humanoid." Cruise: "Take a number."

  • June 9, 2002, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Ain't no way that Cruise is gonna work under Hines

    by wasp

    Look up Hines on IMDB. His Chrome movie doesn't even come up. The only credit listed is some wack 1985 flick called The Edison Device. Cruise taking a job with Hines as director would be like Julia Roberts agreeing to play a psychotic lesbian who rapes little girls and then feeds them to her dogs.

  • June 9, 2002, 9:51 p.m. CST

    A picture of a War Of The Worlds version that I always thought w

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    http://www.dormanart.com/General_Art/Misc/wow.htm From artist Dave Dorman's site: War of the Worlds Movie Production After their first foray into film-making with, Dr. Giggles,

  • June 9, 2002, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Cruise needs that smile wiped from his face and...

    by Frank Black

    Those braces pulled out. I never need to see another Tom Cruise movie ever. He had me and then he lost me. Overexposure has killed him for me. I saw "Minority Report" when it was called "Logan's Run" and I don't need a version with that cocky overactor. Give me "Minority Report" starring Don Cheadle or Nicholas Tse any day.

  • June 9, 2002, 9:55 p.m. CST

    WOTW remake would be WOWSERS!

    by TomVee

    Cruise or no Cruise, WOTW is way overdue for a remake by somebody starring someone. How about Guy Pearce in the lead? Oh wait, he already had his shot at an H.G.W. remake. How about that skinny white boy from ROAD TRIP? Hey, how about Josh Hartnett? Maybe even Ben Who-Flack! Doesn't matter who. I am there for this.

  • June 9, 2002, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruse is an alien.

    by McCormic

    You know what would be cool? If Hollywood remade every film that has ever been in existance starting with Great Train Robbery and working its way forward. Yeah, the Great Train Robbery is way overdue for a remake.

  • June 9, 2002, 10:46 p.m. CST

    "You had me at hello. Earth Slave."

    by Tall_Boy

    damn, they better work that line in there somewhere.

  • June 9, 2002, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Big budget remakes in the pipeline for the 1891 "Duncan Smoking"

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Beginning with "Duncan Smoking" (1891), its lackluster sequel "Duncan and Another, Blacksmith Shop" (1891) and the final incredible part of the trilogy " Duncan or Devonald with Muslin Cloud" (1891). I would love to see either special editions of these classics or expensive remakes starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg preferably directed by McG. I'd also like to see a big budget CGI-heavy remake of "Monkey and Another, Boxing" (1891), Tim Burton would be ideal to helm this one given his previous success with monkey flicks.

  • Had a look at the Pendragon web site. They look like purveyors of DTV (direct-to-video) schlock. And they expect to do War of the Worlds true to the book? That would cost $65 million at least. And it doesn't look like Pendragon puts more than 20 grand into any one of its productions. Cruise's salary alone would cost these guys five times more than they've ever spent on all the movies they've made to date combined. Yeah, Chrome will be out in summer 2003 all right. At Blockbuster.

  • June 10, 2002, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Harry's losing it...

    by Damer1

    This guy is getting pub for CHROME. There's no way he's involved with Cruise and Harry just gave him access to all us morons.

  • June 10, 2002, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I hope the get Dr. Clayton Forestor from MST3K to play Dr. Clayt

    by MST3KPIMP

    i do!

  • June 10, 2002, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Well, true to the book IS the way to go, but...

    by St.Buggering

    Low budget is not. I hope they've got some inside line on getting a major studio involved in this, because I do not want to see "War of the Worlds" done in the style of Doctor Who.

  • This guy's a huckster. I've talked to at least five people who were working on Chrome and split when the promised paychecks stopped coming. I'm pretty sure the other stuff I've heard about him and his business practices I can't even write here. I will say in his favor that until the lies started, he was paying his crew. But flat out this guy is Ed Wood the next generation. His chutzpah is to be admired; his cheesiness is to be mocked. I mean come on, this was probably written by Hines himself. It reeks of sanctimonius officiality trying to cover for a lack of legitimacy. If a non union crew thinks what he does is laughable what are the chances of him working with Tom Cruise... Then again, I wouldn't put it past Hines becoming a Scientologist just to get on Cruise's good side...

  • June 10, 2002, 1:56 a.m. CST

    I thought they already remade War Of The Worlds. It was called I

    by IAmLegolas

    Har!

  • June 10, 2002, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I Too Am Open To Working With Cruise. Just Call Me. I'll Be

    by Son Of Batboy

    Yeah this has Ed Wood Productions written all over it. It'll be the kinda flick where the credits read Costumes by Timothy Hines, Catering by Timothy Hines, Music by Timothy Hines Sr. I'd like to know what rights they have exactly. "Well you can make the film anyway you like except for two conditions. First, it will be released only in select regions of Azerbaijan. Second, all the cast members must be shown wearing clown shoes." If this ever gets made it'll be dumped on the Sci-Fi Channel right after Howling IV, maybe DVD, but one that has to be ordered over the web.

  • June 10, 2002, 2:25 a.m. CST

    From the man who brought you 'Starship Orph' and 'Bu

    by Billy Talent

    Not to mention a version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Seriously!) and 'House of the Rising', which is apparently "'The Big Chill' for Generation X!" Having previously worked with such directors as Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, I suppose it would make perfect sense for Tom Cruise to make a movie with Timothy Hines.

  • June 10, 2002, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Public domain?

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I don't know myself but is this book in the public domain?

  • June 10, 2002, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Hines is full of bullshit!

    by Rick McCallum

    Yes, Professor, "War of the Worlds" is in the public domain. That's right. Tom Cruise, you, I, Harry, etc. could make a movie version if any of us wanted! This Hines guy owns NOTHING! Just this press release alone and his insinuation that he retains "movie rights" to the book should be a warning to everybody about what a con artist this man is. Harry, seriously, don't report on this guy. He's a sham.

  • June 10, 2002, 5:49 a.m. CST

    wasp: Tom Cruise to Mother Alien

    by grinner

    "RESPECT THE COCK!"

  • June 10, 2002, 6:01 a.m. CST

    It Isn't Public Domain

    by Son Of Batboy

    The Wells' grandchildren recently lost a lawsuit with Paramount over an attempt to get a mini-series produced with Hallmark claiming that TV wasn't covered. The Judge ruled that Paramount owns the motion picture rights including television based on a 1951 contract signed by Frank Wells, son of H.G.

  • June 10, 2002, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I'm currently filming a new version of "War of the Worlds"

    by rev_skarekroe

    And it's going to star.... Tom Cruise! Yeah, that's it. And it's also gonna have... Morgan Fairchild! That's the ticket! sk

  • June 10, 2002, 11:02 a.m. CST

    'we live in a cynical world, a cynical ...(dramatic pause) .

    by Crazy Fresh DJ

    'Now it's being invaded by aliens. Invaded...(dramatic pause)... by aliens.''

  • June 10, 2002, 12:02 p.m. CST

    what happened with spielberg?

    by audierules

    I thought spielberg had the rights to this film and wanted to direct it? He is the first and by far the best choice.

  • June 10, 2002, 12:07 p.m. CST

    True to the book?

    by Phimseto

    True to the book? Topical? Does this mean that someday the Islamists will be just about to set off a dirty bomb when they all die of a disease? Funny. I always figured the moral of "The War of the Worlds" was: "We need bigger guns."

  • June 10, 2002, 12:40 p.m. CST

    WHO IS THIS HACK?

    by joshua

    Timothy Hines, if you had actually read the book, you'd realize it's not about blowing shit up a la ID4, so 9/11 is irrelevant. Second off, you're concept designs on your site suck. They look like exactly what they are...po-dunk fanboy illustrations by someone who has an utter inability to resonate the images Wells was trying to convey. I can't believe I'm saying this, but for once I'm glad Tom Cruise is involved in a project, saving it from the grim fate that would surely befall WOTW in your hands.

  • Seriously, I don't like to pick on struggling, small-time directors, but that Pendragon Pictures website is one of the best pieces of unintentional comedy that I've seen in a while.

  • I am still interested in Minority Report (got to be better than Imposter.) But this Classic SF novel doesn't need star power to succeed. Or maybe it does, but with the right star. Not Cruise. Why the hell is he supposedly interested in this as a property? Does he want to do it as interpreted by Scientology's cosmological view?

  • June 10, 2002, 3:34 p.m. CST

    The Skinny on Timmy

    by Johnny Spelvin

    Timothy Hines AKA Timmy Pendragon boasted to pretty much the entire world last summer that he had $40 mm in upfront financing to produce his version of WOTW, AND that he'd signed *snicker!* Michael Caine and Charlize Theron as the leads! When the President of the Seattle SAG office contacted their respective agents, they'd never heard of ole' Timmy or his film. Turns out he had sent unsolicited scripts to the agents representing a bunch of Hollywood actors along with letters inquiring as to availability, and that was his sum contact with said stars! The local SAG office has been on the lookout for this guy for months, 'cause not only was he lying about his financing, his casting and his rights to film the project, but he refused to even talk about contracts -- like big-name Hollywood actors were going to work non-union! Watta Loser! CHROME is currently shooting on a non-Union deferred payment contract, which means the odds of anybody (including probably Timmy hisself) making any $$ on this piece of drek are about as good as your's truly winning the 2003 Best Actor Oscar...

  • June 10, 2002, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Copyright???

    by Jack Parsons

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/centurions/wells/wellinfo.shtml H.G. Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds" in 1898! There's a COPYRIGHT PROBLEM with a 104 year old SF novel? Am I the only sane human left? Isn't someone outraged?

  • June 10, 2002, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Do you honestly believe...

    by DouglasAH

    That with Tom Cruise's name attached to this project, and all their talk of how the book is more significant than ever in light of developments around the world, do you honestly believe for a second that they will stick with the pre-WWI setting? I don't. Brace yourself for Harriers engaging the Martian tripods, and Jeff Goldblum discovering the alien weakness to the common cold in the very nick of time.

  • June 11, 2002, 1:07 a.m. CST

    MORE REMAKES, MORE SEQUELS, MORE REMAKES, MORE SEQUELS,

    by mooniewawee

    more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels,

  • June 11, 2002, 1:09 a.m. CST

    re: MORE REMAKES, MORE SEQUELS, MORE REMAKES, MORE SEQUELS,

    by mooniewawee

    more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels, more remakes, more sequels,

  • Can we let ten years pass before we return to the Alien Invasion premise? I'm in no hurry to see WotW made into a Tom Cruise vehicle, and I don't think I'm alone in saying "ho hum" to the whole premise of alien invaders. Oh screw it, they can make whatever they want, I'll just skip it. Unless they're going to do it like that video games come to life segment of Futurama. That kicked ass. Marsian Invader: "Victory! Instead of shooting where I was, you should have shot at where I was going to be! Ha ha ha! All your base are belong to us!"

  • June 11, 2002, 1:42 p.m. CST

    This just positively stinks of Harry helping out some friend(s)

    by Spell Checker

    What is this insulting and just plain OFFENSIVE bullshit about WOTW being 'a heartbeat' from production as of September 11th? The 'producers' (I use the term loosely) are intimating that in the wake of 9/11, the film was pulled for 'retooling'. Why do I get the feeling that this piece of shit production was NOWHERE NEAR 'lensing' on September 11th, and the whole scam is just a smokescreen to save some face and come up with an excuse as to why the film isn't being released until 2000 and fucking 5 (it gives these 'producers' time to come up with another excuse as to why the film isn't getting made). I am by no means some pansy-assed petunia who is easily offended (I usually do the offending), however I find these 9/11 references to be in poor taste. Then again, if these 'producers' understood what 'poor taste' was, they wouldn't be making schlock like 'CHROME' in the first place. ***** PS: Judging by their website and production art (as well as sensibilities) Pendragon Pictures is apparently run by a bunch of high school kids that got ahold of their A/V club's video equipment for a few weekends. And to think, they're holding the rights to WOTW hostage...

  • June 11, 2002, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Hahahaha...ha!

    by wasp

    Pendragon Pictures website.

  • June 11, 2002, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Timothy Hines and AICN

    by FRANZ

    AICN and at least one other Movie Website have prior to now been given enough generic feedback on the methods and status of the operations on Mr Timothy Hines and his "Pendragon Pictures". There is at least one major Lawsuit pending in the American Courts against Timothy Hines for breach of Contract and obstensible fraud in connection with his so-called "$42 million production of WAR OF THE WORLDS". It now appears people are not being paid on this so-called CHROME. People ARE being ripped off and hurt, and it must be asked, seriously, why Jay and Harry Knowles are knowingly continuing to give air to Mr Hines "press releases", when by doing so in the full knowledge of Mr Hines' "activities", (all Jay and Harry have to do is read the "feedback" on their own Website to glimpse the true nature of things), it is not inconceivable that Jay, Harry and AICN risk a possible Lawsuit by abetting Pendragon. For example, featuring a "link" to Pendragon plus an ADDRESS for Pendragon, the latter being no more than a bloody Box Number in Seattle. Or are you guys, assuming you bother to check these facts at all, simply having fun at other people's expense? i.e. the people who are being ripped off? If so, I think you'd better grow up just a little. Rather fast. I think the people contributing to the "feedback" on this matter are indeed asking for an explanation from you. I cannot imagine you would find the facts beneath you and are wilfully ignoring them. Why would you do that? And for a film-maker, of any description, crassly utilising the horrific events of September 11 as an "excuse" is deplorable and an insult to the people who died. And shame on you, Jay and Harry, for printing such crass sentiments. Thousands of people are still buried under the rubble in New York, are they not? Well done to all "feedbackers" who have had the common decency to speak out on this report. They are displaying a conscientiousness you may take note of.There is room to doubt that, though. And that is a lamentable thing to have to write here. Don't you agree?

  • June 11, 2002, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Timothy Hines on AICN (2)

    by FRANZ

    Notwithstanding the the missive we posted above...of course there could be another explanation, brilliant in its implications. Harry and Jay posted the above Hines "press release" by way of a black joke. If so, well done, fellows. Really. Thank you for letting us all in on the laugh. In that context, it is quite BRILLIANT! Why...given the talkback that followed beneath it, you have practically performed a public service. As I say, in that context, well done and please do keep it up and apologies for overlooking the joke in the first place. If it had been April 1st, we'd have tumbled to it right away. Must sign off now...Tom Cruise is on the other line. At least, he SAYS he's Tom Cruise...either that or it's Michael Caine doing his famous impersonation of Tom...saying that famous line from BUG WARS, you know the one...er...

  • June 13, 2002, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Lawsuit against Timothy Hines/Pendragon: INFORMATION SOUGHT.

    by FRANZ

    Witnesses with ANY information as to the shenanigans of the Fraudfeasor Timothy Hines are invited to contact the Attorney currently pursuing Hines for Intentional Misrepresentation to help stop him in his tracks. Contact: Law Office of Lawrence M Khan, 1621 114th Avenue, SE, Suite 223, Bellevue, WA98004-6914. Thank you.

  • June 13, 2002, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Lawsuit Against Timothy Hines/Pendragon (2)

    by FRANZ

    Of course,one must apologise unreservedly for referring to Mr Hines as a "Fraudfeasor" or anything like it. Mr Hines is undoubtedly playing a straight bat at all times. He is undoubtedly a man of honour and no reflection on his character is at any time intended or implied. However, anyone who has any information, please do get in touch with the Attorney pursuing the Lawsuit against Mr Hines by all means. I am sure we all wish Mr Hines all good fortune. Thank you.

  • Jan. 20, 2003, 1:15 a.m. CST

    The Memory of September 11th

    by CoolLights

    The person calling himself FRANZ and obviously various other couched names in this forum is offensive to the memory of those who perished in the September 11th attack. I am a professional career craftsperson in the movie business and I worked for Timothy Hines on his production of CHROME. I can only say that Mr. Hines is one of the most generous and kind directors I have ever had the privilege to work with. Time and again, I personally watched Timothy bend over backwards to accommodate his cast and crew

  • June 2, 2003, 9:17 a.m. CST

    war of the worlds movie

    by Necronmaniac

    Well, This is my first post on these boards but i have to say i am appalled at what i have seen going on on this forum. Firstly, accusations flying around about the company/director which you cannot proove are as illegal as that which you say he has been accused of. Secondly, to slag off sum1's movie before you have even seen any live action footage of it frankly is a pathetic attitude to have. As a WotW fan who has read the book seen the old film and heard the musical etc etc i must say i was IMPRESSED by the concept sketches on pendragons website and some of the images they had put up around the web. Maybe people should give them more of a chance and wait for the trailers or live action footage before making any harsh statements.