War of the Worlds – The True Story is a 2012 remake of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds based on English writer H.G. Wells’s Epic Science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds.
A documentary-style drama directed by Timothy Hines, it revisits Wells’ novel, portraying the events of the book as historical, through the documented recollections of a survivor of the Martian war.
The film bases its documentary approach on the 1938 Orson Welles CBS radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, by presenting itself as a true account of actual events.
Director Timothy Hines said, in reference to this technique, “When Orson Welles broadcast War of the Worlds on the radio in the 1930s, he presented it in such a way as to not clearly identify that it was a work of fiction. He did it for the drama. And many people took the fictional news broadcast as a real news broadcast. People believed they were hearing an actual invasion from Mars that night. We are approaching the story in the same way, as if it were an actual news documentary”.
The War of the Worlds Film, TV Series & Documentaries
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Production & Filming Details
- Director: Timothy Hines.
- Producers: Susan Goforth, Donovan Le, and Jesse Zesbaugh.
- Narrator: Jim Cissell.
- Music: Jamie Hall.
- Production: Pendragon Pictures.
- Release Date: 14 June 2012.
- Running Time: 102 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.