EPIX has announced that it will premiere the Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern-led drama series War of the Worlds exclusively to U.S. audiences on February 16, 2020 at 9pm.
The contemporary reimaging of H.G. Wells’ timeless classic (available at Amazon) is created and written by BAFTA award-winning writer Howard Overman and produced by Urban Myth Films, in partnership with CANAL+, Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa and AGC Television.
The drama series is executive produced by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films.
Set in present-day Europe, War of the Worlds is a multi-faceted series, based on the story by H.G. Wells. 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 baited breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out; just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world.
As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? This is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances – but they are more than just victims in a brutal war.
For, as we will come to realize, the aliens’ savage attack on earth is not arbitrary: its seeds are being sown before our very eyes.
Gilles Coulier (De Dag, Cargo, The Natives) directs the first four episodes with Richard Clark (Innocent, Versailles) directing episodes five to eight.
Said Michael Wright, President, EPIX, “We at EPIX are thrilled to be working with the teams at Urban Myth and Studiocanal to showcase Howard Overman’s masterful take on this classic story. We can’t wait to bring this cinematic and addictive series to our audience.”
Executive producers for UMF Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps added, “Cinematic, with all the mystery, intrigue and action of the best science fiction, this fresh interpretation is a character drama that considers the myriad fears of today’s world and how potential threats may only be overcome by harnessing our own humanity.”
We’ve also received two clips from the second episode, premiering Sunday, February 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on EPIX. In the episode, after the devastating alien attack, disparate pockets of survivors emerge into a shattered world. They quickly realize they must put their differences aside if they are to stand any chance of survival.
For they are not alone. Something sinister lurks in the shadows and whatever it is, it won’t consider its victory complete until it has killed every last human. But who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on destruction?