No one would have believed in the mid-year-months of 2018 that not one, but TWO adaptations of War of the Worlds were being produced. Intellects vast and cool regarded this project with envious eyes, and slowly but surely drew their plans for adaptation.
That is to say that both BBC One and Fox Networks in Europe and Africa have plans to adapt the novel by H.G. Wells for television. Fox Networks will be teaming up with France’s Canal Plus to create an eight-part mini series. Production for War of the Worlds will be handled by Studio Canal and Urban Myth Films. According to writer / creator Howard Overman (Merlin), the drama will be a modern re-imagining.
In many ways, H.G. Wells’ novel is a cautionary tale of racial superiority and ethnic conflict. It is these themes that I wanted to explore more fully in my modern re-imagining. I look forward to bringing our bold, fresh and relatable version, inspired by this much-loved story, to a new audience.
This contemporary take will begin filming in the fall. Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps will executive produce for Urban Myth Films and is already in pre-production.
Meanwhile, BBC One is adapting a three-part series of alien invasion as well. Announced in spring of 2017, production began back in April for the Edwardian-era drama. Starring Rafe Spall (The Ritual, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Loving Vincent), alongside Robert Carlyle (Once Upon a Time) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).
Director Craig Viverios said that although War of the Worlds has been adapted many times, it’s always been in a more contemporary, American setting. Not so of their upcoming production. “Peter’s scripts manage to honor the source material with great skill, but we aim to provide a thoroughly modern thrill ride for the audience, delivering an alien invasion story that will shock and awe audiences across the globe.”
Writer Peter Harkness commented on his vision of the series.
The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks; a collision of sci-fi, period drama, and horror.
Which adaptation are you looking forward to the most? As a huge fan of the novel by H.G. Wells, I’m eager to see a true-to-the-book adaptation myself. Still, I won’t complain about a double dose of differing takes on such classic, creepy novel. Tell us what you think about the upcoming War of the Worlds remakes on the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group or on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit!