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I Don't Envy Their Luck...

In an earlier post, I mentioned that British firm Pendragon Pictures had completed shooting of a true-to-the-novel film of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. Since early December, I've been waiting with baited breath for the first special effects trailer, in which, hopefully, we would get glimpses of director Timothy Hines' take on Wells' Martians and their Machines. The original date given was "Late December", which became January 6th, which came and went (at least, in australia) with no new trailer. I checked again this morning; still nothing.

Then, just now, I had another look. Where the trailer's release date was, there's now a link that states "Click here for a word about the new THEATRICAL TRAILER". My heart fell. Obviously, no new trailer yet.

Then I clicked on the link.

Now, if you've been following Pendragon's effort as closely as I, you'll know that Hines, like Spielberg and Cruise, originally opted to do a modern re-telling of Wells' work. He was in pre-production on September the 11th, 2001, but felt he couldn't continue when his plot included planes falling from the sky as the Martians detonate EMP bombs across the globe. So he revamped his production from the ground up as a direct adaptation of Wells' novel in its original early-twentieth-century setting.

Without intent of downplaying or degrading the tragedy of either the World Trade Centre attack or the recent tsunamis in the Indian Ocean - you'd just hate to be in Timothy Hines' shoes right now, eh?

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If things go on like this, there's won't be much films/tv shows/novels to watch/read.

How about Hollywood abandoning its literally explosive climaxes to show some respect for the suicide bombing victims in Iraq and Israel? That would be a real improvement, but still...

What about TV stations canceling their crime shows because of all the people who are murdered each year? The E.R. shows gone because of people who die/suffer in hospitals? No more war movies, either, because there are constant bloody civil wars (and they should be called civil because most victims are civilians) in countries somewhere around the globe.

Delaying a trailer is not that important but there are people out there who should get their act together. I think the artists and creators that influence our society should deal with the difficult subjects instead of just sweeping them under the rug like everybody else does after watching the news on TV. That's the most important contribution they could do to make this world a better place.