Wednesday, August 10, 2016
George Pal Pitches War Of The Worlds TV Series
I'm in the process of rewatching the 1988-1990 War Of The Worlds TV Series & enjoying it.
I have always been a fan of the original Orson Welles radio broadcast....so this comes naturally to me. In fact I have done a very popular goth infused version of it which is available for. streaming.
Needless to say I'm also a big fan of the 1953 George Pal War Of The Worlds which is a classic to be sure. Those old fifties watch the skies movies are a blast, but getting back on track... While doing some research on the 1988 - 1990 WOTW TV Series I stumbled across this gem about a failed attempt from George Pal to create a series of his own...
I'll get around to writing a review of the late eighties WOTW series as soon as I complete Season 1, but for now I would like to call attention to the little known attempt by George Pal himself to create a WOTW series of his own in1975.
I'm including some concept art & the original pitch trailer he used that was ultimately turned down by the networks.
War of the Worlds Pilot Part 1
Also be sure to check out Part 2 & 3...
Other great sites to visit for information on WOTW in its different forms are...
It was likely turned down due to expense & being pre Star Wars sci fi wasn't heavily sought after by networks. I wonder if the timing wlild have been different enougj to coincide a lost Star Wars pitch if the attitudes would have changed? In any event it's interesting to see a legendary filmmakers vision at what likely would have been a groundbreaking TV series should look like.
Earlier I mentioned my own reinvisioning of the Orson Welles WOTW radio broadcast as a normal radio shkw being interrupted by news reports of an invasion from Mars. It's been a favorite of my fans for a long time. So I'll post a link to it here. I'm proud of it.
Hope you enjoy.
P. S. I ignore the Steven Spielberg WOTW simply because I hated it. The little girl screaming was annoying & I just really disliked it. I suppose I'm a purest as I tend to appreciate the originals the best. Perhaps it's a fault & perhaps not but do excuse my exclusion.