Rick Carter, the production designer for Spielbergs WOTWs has been telling Sci-Fi Wire that the film is to be extremely realistic in style. Also revealed, the New Jersey location is indeed a bit of a homage to the Orson Welles broadcast. Also speaking to Sci Fi Wire, Doug Chiang, the conceptual artist on the movie has been talking about his desire to keep faith with the orginal novel.
A great on set visit report at Filmforce reveals that Spielberg actually owns one of the few surviving original scripts to Orson Welles 1938 War Of The Worlds broadcast! (He claims its the only one, though I am aware of one other earlier surviving draft.) Don't expect any great connection between his movie and the broadcast, but nice to know he is aware of the broadcast and it's part in the history of The WOTW.
Having watched the new teaser trailer a few times now, I just can't shake the feeling that we are seeing too much of this sort of stuff? Don't get me wrong, the effects look great, but we've seen exploding buildings and flying gas tankers so many times now. Of course the trailer has to grab you by the scruff of the neck so perhaps there is some real substance to this movie. Come on Steven, give us something a bit different?
The trailer to be aired during the Superbowl will be online here I snuck a look unofficially a few days ago on another site (since removed) and it certainly packs a wollop, but the scenes of destruction (expect to see an express way getting ripped to shreds) have that oh so familar feel from previous effectfest movies. There has to be more than endless scenes of destruction.