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BBC is Going to Make a Victorian Era War of the Worlds for TV

BBC announced earlier today that they’re going to make a three-part mini series based on H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds, and it will be set in the Victorian era.

The series will be written by Peter Hartness, the screenwriter who adapted Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for BBC. He also wrote a handful of Doctor Who episodes.

Managing director of producer Mammoth Screen Damien Timmer said in a statement:

It’s a great honour to bring HG Wells’ masterpiece to BBC One. This huge title – the original alien invasion story – has been loosely adapted and riffed on countless times, but no-one has ever attempted to follow Wells and locate the story in Dorking at the turn of the last century.

We hope Peter’s adaptation will be the definitive adaptation of one of the great classic novels – and a visceral, thought provoking thrill ride.

The novel follows an unnamed narrator who witnesses metal cylinders crash into Earth. Martian invaders emerge from the cylinders and proceed to attack the humans and begin a conquest on the planet. Ultimately, however, the invaders succumb to human diseases.

Since the book’s release in 1898, The War of the Worlds was adapted a several times for film, television, and even radio. It’s considered to be one of the most important works of science fiction literature. It’ll be interesting to see the famous novel adapted and, for once, set to a time in which it was originally written.

BBC is also planning to adapt two other classic novels, Little Women and Black Narcissus.

Sources: North-West Evening Mail, The Verge, Variety

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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