Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise will bring the classic H.G. Wells alien-invasion novel, “The War of the Worlds”, to the big screen, with Cruise expected to star, according to Variety magazine. The movie version has been accelerated onto a fast track, with only 10 weeks of pre-production scheduled before the film goes into shooting later this year. DreamWorks and Paramount are co-financing “War of the Worlds” which is expected to cost around or over $100 million –with both Cruise and Spielberg opting out of fees in favor of a share of the gross. “War” is now on track for a November start date and a 2005 release.