Mars Attacks is a 1996 American Comic science fiction film.It was directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. The film is based on the cult trading cardseries of the same name, and stars Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Danny DeVito with supporting roles done by Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie Smith, andSylvia Sidney. The film is a parody of science fiction B movies with elements of black comedy and political satire.
Burton and Gems began development for Mars Attacks in 1993, and Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the trading card series on Burton’s behalf. When Gems turned in his first draft in 1994, Warner Bros. commissioned rewrites from Gems, Burton, Martin Amis, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in an attempt to lower the budget to $60 million. The final production budget came to $80 million, while Warner Bros. spent another $20 million on the Mars Attacks marketing campaign. Filming took place from February to November 1996. The soundtrack became famous for the Martians’ quirky speech pattern, which was created by reversing the sound of a duck’s quack.
In the movie, when Martians surround Earth with an armada of flying saucers, President James “Jimmy” Dale addresses America concerning the historic event. People around the country follow the story which includes news anchors in New York, employees and guests at the Luxor Las Vegas hotel in Nevada and the Norris family in fictional Perkinsville, Kansas. The President’s science aides set up a first contact meeting with the Martians inPahrump, Nevada.