The War of the Worlds Is Finally Being Adapted for Television

Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 9:36AM
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Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 9:36AM
The War of the Worlds Is Finally Being Adapted for Television
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War of the Worlds is one of the most influential sci-fi novels of all time, but after terrifying people for over a century, it still hasn't gotten a TV adaptation. That's all about to change, as U.K. company Mammoth Screen is producing a miniseries based on the classic H.G. Wells novel.

War of the Worlds has spawned a radio adaptation (which famously made people think the world was actually coming to an end), stage adaptations, two feature films, most recently the Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning starrer in 2005, and an upcoming official sequel novel. It also inspired a television series of the same name in 1988, but it served as a present-day sequel that took place after the events of the movie, while the newly announced miniseries will be the first straight TV adaptation that will take place in Victorian England. 
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"The aftershock of The War Of The Worlds can still be felt in popular culture today," Mammoth managing director Damien Timmer told Broadcast Now. "The story of a Martian invasion as experienced in Victorian Surrey is a masterpiece. We want this new adaptation to reaffirm H.G. Wells' position as one of this country's most important writers."
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The War of the Worlds adaptation will be written by Peter Harness, best known to sci-fi fans for adapting Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, as well as writing a few recent episodes of Doctor Who. The series is set to go into production in early 2017.

Via Cinema Blend.
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