June 02, 2013

Harryhausen's War of the Worlds

I had no idea this existed when he passed earlier this month.

It's the test footage for Ray Harryhausen's War of the Worlds project which was being pitched in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

George Pal reportedly used this footage for his pitch and with it got the rights to the book. But Pal made his own version with no input from Harryhausen and went in a completely different direction regards effects.

 Interestingly, the model was very nearly used as the heavy in the Howard Hawks version of The Thing, which was originally going to be a bigger budget film with Harryhausen doing the effects.  I do wonder if Hawks was initially intending that film to be a much straighter adaptation of Who Goes There.

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