London -- CANAL+ and Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa have announced a new co-production of War Of The Worlds, based on the timeless story by H.G. Wells. Produced by Urban Myth Films, in association with STUDIOCANAL, pre-production has already begun on this contemporary drama, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Autumn 2018.
Set in present day Europe, War Of The Worlds is a multi-faceted series, written and created by the BAFTA award winner Howard Overman (MISFITS, CRAZYHEAD, MERLIN). The 8 x 60’ reimagining is a CANAL+ Creation Originale for CANAL+ and the second original regional scripted commission for FNG, Europe & Africa.
Beginning production in the Autumn of 2018, the drama will debut in 2019, on Canal+ in France along with broadcasting on FOX in over 50 countries across Europe & Africa. International sales for the programme will be handled by STUDIOCANAL with rights in Europe & Africa (excluding French speaking territories) handled by Fox Networks Group.
Lead writer and executive producer for Urban Myth Films, Howard Overman said “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.’’
In War Of The Worlds, when astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is 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? Emotional, cinematic and rooted in character, it is a unique marriage of human drama and the best science fiction.
This is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - but they are more than just victims in a brutal war. For, as we will come to realize, the aliens’ savage attack on earth is not arbitrary: its seeds are being sown before our very eyes…
The show will be executive produced by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films.
STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, rights acquisition, distribution and international sales of TV series and feature films and this marks the first time the two companies have teamed up with FNG, Europe & Africa, the pan-regional leader for entertainment, factual and sports programming operating in 154 channels, from 25 offices across the region.