War of the Worlds: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto are headed for War of the Worlds. Robbins is in negotiations to play astronomer Ogilvy in the big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic novel, while Otto would play the wife of the main character, to be played by Tom Cruise. Dakota Fanning also is set to appear as their daughter.

Paramount Pictures put the project on the fast track in August -- with just 10 weeks of preproduction in order to meet a mid-November start date -- and the cast has been coming together quickly. Steven Spielberg directs.

DreamWorks and Paramount are co-financing "War of the Worlds," a contemporary adaptation of the 1898 novel, which is one of the best-known alien-invasion stories.