Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise are set to bring the sci-fi classic War of the Worlds to the big screen, it emerged today.
Mission Impossible star Cruise is expected to be the leading man in the movie, based on the classic HG Wells novel about an alien invasion of earth.
The novel shot to infamy in 1938 when it was performed on the radio in America and the nation was driven into a panic, believing it was true.
Work could begin on the movie late next year, according to Hollywood trade magazine, Variety.
David Koepp, who worked on Jurassic Park and Spider-Man, will re-write the script.
A movie version of War of the Worlds has been on the cards for many years, but has been constantly sidelined by producers.
The novel was written by Wells in 1898 and was made famous in 1938 when Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre performed it on the radio.
Listeners thought there was a real alien invasion and there was nationwide panic.
Spielberg is currently completing work on The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Meanwhile, the magazine reported that the legendary director’s plans for a fourth instalment of the Indiana Jones series have stalled.
Harrison Ford was expected to come back to play the role of daring archaeologist Jones, but the brakes appear to have been put on the project.