A three-part series based on H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds has been ordered by BBC. The show will be going into production next spring and, unlike any adaption we've seen in recent years, will be set the Victorian era.
Screenwriter Peter Hartness is writing the series. Previously, he adapted Susanna Clarke’s Victorian-era fantasy novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the network, along with a handful of Doctor Who episodes.
The original novel followed an unnamed narrator as he watched Martian invaders begin a conquest of earth. The aliens eventually succumb to human diseases. Numerous adaption have been made since the original novel was released in 1898, including the most recent take from Steven Spielberg released back in 2005. Set in New York, that version saw Tom Cruise attempting to survive a massive alien attack along with his family.
The War of the Worlds is one of the more important works of science fiction to ever hit the printed page, and we're very interested to see a new take on the classic tale - especially one that will be retaining the original period setting of Wells' classic story.
Expect more news soon!
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