War of the Worlds is a 2005 science fiction–disaster film based on H. G. Wells’ original novel, and starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto and Justin Chatwin. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp. It was released on June 29, 2005.
It is one of four film adaptations of the novel, preceded by two straight-to-video versions released in the same year and the original 1953 film version. Spielberg’s film transposes the setting of Wells’ story from Victorian England to modern New Jersey.