Trailer Talk: War of the Worlds (BBC Series). By Megan Williams.
No one would’ve believed in 2019, the BBC would release an on-screen adaptation of their infamous radio broadcast…
Starring Rafe Spall (The Ritual), ‘War of the Worlds’ is the 3rd on-screen adaptation of the H.G.Wells book that was released in 1897. Set in the early 20th Century, it follows the near extinction of mankind as the UK encounters Martians from Mars.
As well as on-screen adaptations, it also inspired sequels, a BBC radio broadcast and an orchestral performance that was created by Jeff Wayne. This version will be a 3-part series.
While I never enjoyed the source material, I love the Jeff Wayne adaptation and Stephen Spielberg’s 2005 remake starring Tom Cruise. Saying that, I am delighted to finally see a version that is set around the correct timeframe and setting from the book.
It’s been a long time coming, and I’m glad that this has been made possible due to today’s technological advances. I’m also pleased to see Rafe Spall in another lead role; I thought he was fantastic in ‘The Ritual’.
‘War of the Worlds’ will premiere on BBC One in Autumn 2019.
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, first serialized in 1897 by Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and by Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The novel’s first appearance in hardcover was in 1898 from publisher William Heinemann of London. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is the first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and of his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon.
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