Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Léa Drucker (Le Bureau des légendes), Natasha Little (Press), Daisy Edgar Jones (Silent Witness), Stéphane Caillard (Genius), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) have been set to star in Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa & Canal+’s War Of The Worlds adaptation.
War Of The Worlds picks up when astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy – definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with baited breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out; just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world. As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction?
The drama series, which has received an order for eight episodes, is based on the H.G. Wells classic and was created for television by Misfits‘s Howard Overman. Urban Myth Films is producing with Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps serving as the executive producers. The Natives helmer Gilles Coulier is directing the first four episodes, while Richard Clark (Versailles) is directing the back four episodes. Production on the series is now underway in the UK and France. AGC Television has boarded as co-financer and co-distributor.
“We are truly excited by the major talent we have secured for War Of The Worlds”, said Urban Myth Films’ Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. “We know they will deliver exceptional performances in this contemporary and extremely relevant story reflecting our world today as we reel through strange and tumultuous times.”
War Of The Worlds will air on Canal+ in France and on FOX in more than 50 countries across Europe & Africa. FOX UK will air the series in the UK. This marks the second scripted regional commission for Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa, following in the footsteps of spy thriller Deep State, which has been renewed for a second season.