Friday, August 21, 2009

Trailer for film War of the Worlds: Goliath, animated steampunk sequel to classic SF novel

Tripod Entertainment, an animation production company with international tentacles, has just launched the official website for the forthcoming film War of the Worlds: Goliath (2010), a 90-minute, animated, retro-futuristic, steampunk sequel to H. G. Wells’s classic science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds (1898). The website has a video trailer for the film, a lengthy behind-the-scenes video clip about the origin and production of the film, and a link to the Production Blog and Gallery. If you’re not familiar with the storyline of War of the Worlds: Goliath, here’s a lengthy synopsis:

In 1900, the Earth was attacked by ruthless invaders from the planet Mars. The Martian's 80 ft. tall, heat-ray spewing, Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth’s tiny bacteria.

Fourteen years later, Man has rebuilt his shattered world, in large part by utilizing captured Martian technology. Equipped with giant, steam-powered Tripod battle machines, the international rapid reaction force, A.R.E.S., is Mankind’s first line of defense against the return of the rapacious Martian invaders. Based in a massive fortress complex at the south end of Manhattan Island, the young warriors of A.R.E.S. train under the leadership of Secretary of War, Theodore Roosevelt, and the grim General Kushnirov.

And return the Martians do. The rematch finds the multinational squad of the A.R.E.S. battle Tripod “Goliath” on the front-lines of a vicious interplanetary offensive when the Martian invaders launch their second invasion using even more advanced alien technology. In the crucible of combat, this young team helming the mighty Goliath will be tested to the limits of their endurance and courage as they fight for Mankind's very survival under the onslaught of an implacable enemy.

Featuring the voice talents of Adrian Paul, Peter Wingfield, Adam Baldwin, Elizabeth Gracen, and Jim Byrnes, War of the Worlds: Goliath is scheduled for release to DVD in early 2010.

Thanks to the website Twitch for the tip.

Pictured: Promotional poster for War of the Worlds: Goliath.

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