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Spielberg Takes on Other Worlds

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Plot Summary: War of the Worlds director Steven Spielberg will take over the producer role from Stephen Sommers for Paramount sci-fi remake When Worlds Collide. Sommers, who had signed on to write, direct and produce earlier this year, will instead direct and produce 20th Century Fox's A Night at the Museum.

Variety says that no decision's been made yet on whether Spielberg -- currently shooting Munich for a December release -- will direct "Collide."

In the 1951 original When Worlds Collide, scientists discover that another planet is veering dangerously close to Earth, and they make plans for a small group of humans to leave the planet before the inevitable deadly collision.

A Night at the Museum is an action-comedy script from Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant that was most recently rewritten by Scott Frank. It revolves around a hapless museum guard at a natural history exhibit who unwittingly triggers an ancient jinx that animates the long-deceased critters and brings chaos to the city.

Besides finishing Munich, Spielberg is also a producer on Memoirs of a Geisha and The Legend of Zorro. He's also been collaborating with George Lucas on Paramount's Indiana Jones 4.

Sommers has been developing Shazam! at New Line and Flash Gordon at Universal Pictures.

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