Filming is underway on the BBC’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds that will be set in the Edwardian era. It’s the first time there’s been a British television version, and it’s one of very few adaptations to actually be set in Edwardian times, around when the novel was actually written.
The action is being filmed in Liverpool in the UK, and features a rock-solid cast including Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Jack the Giant Slayer), Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Robert Carlyle (Once Upon a Time), and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).
Judging by the gritty promo shot, it feels as though this three-part drama could be seen as an origin story of sorts for the classic text, and a million miles away from, say, the Steven Spielberg, New Jersey-set version from 2005.
One of the first-ever alien invasion stories in literature, the drama follows George (played by Spall) and his partner Amy (Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together. Graves will play Frederick, George's elder brother, and Carlyle plays Ogilvy, an astronomer and scientist. Just as in the book, we’ll get to see them all face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension.
We can also expect some good old-fashioned scares from director Craig Viveiros, who most recently won plaudits for his BBC drama 10 Rillington Place, a three-part drama about serial killer John Christie and the murders at 10 Rillington Place in the 1940s and early 1950s, which was creepy as hell.
Of the decision to set The War of the Worlds back in the time it was written, Viveiros puts it best when he says: “H.G. Wells' seminal novel has been adapted for the screen many times, but it's always had a contemporary (and American) setting; this is the first version to be set in London and the Home Counties during the Edwardian period.”
Adding: “Peter [Harness]'s scripts manage to honour 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.”
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