I’m a big fan of George Pal’s ‘War of the Worlds’ film from back in 1953 but after having found this clip of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen showing the test footage of his own unrealized feature film from 1949 I’m torn. Harryhausen’s version of the film looks like it would have stuck to the Martian Tripod aspect as in the original H.G. Wells story whereas the Pal version features flying Martian vehicles.
According to the The Art of Ray Harryhausen the animator had begun working on the idea of a War of the Worlds film early in 1942 and was influenced by the Orson Welles Radio broadcast on October 30, 1938. Harryhausen would have moved the location of the film from England to America, basing the events of the film around the New York area. The main character would have been a newspaper reporter named Randy Jordan who would follow Professor Pierson and bear witness to the destruction of such landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge by the Martian Invaders.
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