War of the Worlds nears renewal
Modern day re-telling coming to SBS is poised for a second season.
French / UK production War of the Worlds is close to being renewed for a second season, before its UK, US (and Australian) premiere.
The series -not to be confused with a panned BBC period production- is a modern-day retelling of the HG Wells’ classic sci-fi.
Starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, the eight-part first season aired in France last year. SBS has the rights for Australia.
Deadline reports that preparation is already well underway for Season 2, which is set to go into production in the UK this year. Producer Urban Myth Films has also set up a company, named WOTW2, to house the production.
When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with bated breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out by a devastating attack; pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world. As aliens hunt and kill those left alive, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? Starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, and based on the book by H.G Wells.