War of the Worlds has enlisted Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern for the modern re-telling of the classic alien invasion story.
Studiocanal’s Urban Myth Films will produce for Fox in Europe and Africa, and Canal Plus in France. AGC Television is also on board as a finance and sales partner for North America and will partner on international distribution in Asia, Australasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
They join an ensemble cast for one of two productions adapting the classic story by H.G. Wells. ITV is also producing a version for British television, and it will be set in the story’s original period. The European version with Byrne and McGovern will be updated to the modern era, which is what Steven Spielberg’s production did in 2005.
Urban Myth Films’ Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy said, “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.”
AGC TV exec Lourdes Diaz said, “This modern day re-imagining of War of the Worlds is innovative and compelling, and we’re excited to bring this type of bold, character-driven programming to audiences everywhere, with our partners Urban Myth, Canal Plus and Fox.”
The eight-part series is currently filming in the United Kingdom and France. The cast includes Lea Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, and Guillaume Gouix.