French pay-TV Canal Plus and Fox’s Europe and Africa are working together on a series adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel “The War of the Worlds.” The show will follow the classic alien-invasion story but set the action in the present day. The eight-part drama will start shooting this fall, with Studiocanal and Urban Myth Films on production duty.
The new adaptation was created and written by Howard Overman (“Merlin”). “In many ways, H.G. Wells’ novel is a cautionary tale of racial superiority and ethnic conflict,” he said. “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.’’
Canal Plus will air the show in France and French-speaking territories and Fox Networks Group across its extensive footprint in Europe and Africa. Studiocanal is selling the series internationally, and FNG has some second-window rights in its territories.
It is the first time Fox Networks Group and Canal Plus have settled for an original drama. For Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa, it marks a second incursion into original drama after “Deep State,” the Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie espionage thriller, which has been renewed for a second season and plays on Epix in the U.S.
The new show will be executive produced by Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films.