Spielberg to Make Worlds Collide

Daily Variety reports that Steven Spielberg will follow his adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds with a remake of the 1951 sci-fi thriller When Worlds Collide, another George Pal classic. Spielberg will serve as producer on this flick about human beings struggling to survive the ultimate natural disaster, which should call for a heaping helping of digital effects and animation.

Paramount’s Collide remake was originally to be written, directed and produced by Stephen Sommers, who helmed Universal’s Van Helsing and The Mummy series. Spielberg took over as producer when Sommers left the project to spearhead 20th Century Fox’s vfx comedy, A Night at the Museum, written by Reno 911 cast members Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Gurant.

It is uncertain whether or not Spielberg will direct this modern update as well. The project marks a return to familiar ground since he produced the 1998 disaster flick Deep Impact, which was inspired largely by director Rudolph Mate’s original When Worlds Collide. Spielberg is now busy filming Munich, a historical pic about the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic games. That film is due in theaters this December. Also on his plate is a fourth Indiana Jones movie with old pal George Lucas.

Sommers will reportedly stay on Collide as a producer, along with producing partner Bob Ducsay, Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Michael Barnathan (Fantastic Four).