13/07/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Pendragon Pictures have launched their movie tour for the U.S. and Canada 2011-2012 for War of the Worlds The True Story, a sci-fi/horror mock-documentary adaptation of H.G. Wells’ alien invasion memoirs.
The new movie was created as a faux documentary, similar to the 1938 Orson Welles CBS radio broadcast that terrified America, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
In this piece, a 1965 film crew captured the memories of the last living survivor of the war between Earth and Mars that took place c1900. The filmed memoirs, discovered in a vault in 2006, were found with hours of previously unknown footage of the alien/Earth apocalypse, the actual Martian invaders and their terrifying machines of war. This is the motion picture presentation of that eyewitness account.
Director Timothy Hines originally released a version of War of the Worlds in 2005. Though the 2005 picture grossed seven million dollars, out sold Taylor Swift’s first CD release and did one quarter of the X-Men sales in dvd, Hines told SFcrowsnest.com he considers it to be a disaster.
“The 2005 film was both rushed and severely over-scaled with highly compressed post-production deadlines,” Hines told us.
“The 2005 movie simply didn’t work,” added producer Susan Goforth.
Jump to the present. Timothy Hines has created a new movie of War of the Worlds that plays on the premise that the world knows and has as its history, that the Earth was invaded by Mars in 1900. Director Hines says, “It’s not a documentary. It’s a mock-documentary, like a CNN documentary on steroids with action and horror.”
Pendragon’s release plans of a U.S. and Canada tour are in response to the vastly changing movie distribution landscape. “We got several television offers,” reflects Susan Goforth, “but things have changed. The compensation isn’t what it used to be. The movie industry is hovering on the precipice of digital transition that the music industry has gone through. So we looked at the various models being created that allows the artists to share in the movie’s financial success, and we came up with a unique approach, but based on the solid ground of history.”
Timothy Hines adds, “I was inspired by Kevin Smith’s rockstar tour for his movie RED STATE. Based somewhat on touring musical acts and a recreation of the old vaudevillian circuit idea, we decided to open the movie one city at a time with great care and focus for an opening weekend only in each city.”
Co-Producer Donovan Le says, “The opening weekends of movies is the only place there is any serious box office anymore. So we are focusing on the cream at the top. There will be no internet distribution whatsoever until the movie has played out its run. TV, Cable and the internet will still be there after all the people that want to see the movie on the big screen are given that chance. Of course, the digital distribution will be over a year from now.”
The 50-City U.S. and Canada tour kicks off on July 23rd, 2011 at the King Cat Theater in Seattle, and then moves on to Portland Oregon.
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