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The War of the Worlds filming in UK and Europe

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A TV drama version of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds starts filming this week with a schedule encompassing the UK, France and Belgium.

Produced by Urban Myth Films for Canal+ and Fox Networks Europe and Africa, the eight-part series tells the classic story of a Martian invasion of Earth, with a modern day setting.

The drama is written by Howard Overman and stars US actor Greg Kinnear.

“In many ways HG Wells’ novel is a cautionary tale of racial superiority and ethnic conflict,” said Overman when the project was first announced. 

“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.’’

A separate BBC TV adaptation of HG Wells’ story was filmed last year, also in the UK, and will be broadcast in the coming months.

The BBC’s version was produced by Mammoth Screen and takes a new approach to the story by using Edwardian England as the setting, a time frame closer to the mid-1890s period featured in Wells' original story.

Steven Spielberg’s 2005 feature of World of the Worlds, set in modern America, remains the best-known recent version of the story.

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