The French pay-TV operator Canal+ and the Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa (FNG Europe & Africa) are going to work together on a new TV series based on HG Wells' War of the Worlds science fiction novel.
War of the Worlds will be broadcast in 2019 on Canal+ in France, as well as on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131 / Cell C black 201) in South Africa as well as 49 other countries across Africa and Europe.
Production will begin around September 2018 with War of the Worlds that is the second original regional scripted commission for FNG Europe & Africa after the Deep State spy thriller with Mark Strong.
War of the Worlds, dealing with aliens attacking Earth in strange tripods, will be set in present day Europe and is written, created and executive produced by Howard Overman.
There will be a first season of 8 hour long episodes and the series is produced by Urban Myths Films in association with StudioCanal. Pre-production has already started.
"In many ways HG Wells' novel is a cautionary tale of racial superiority and ethnic conflict," says Howard Overman. "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."
In 2017 the BBC announced that it is also producing a War of the Worlds miniseries that will be a Victorian era set, 3-episode story.