The BBC has started production on their epic big-budget TV adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic 1898 novel War of the Worlds and today we have our first look. The photo features stars Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall, who play George and Amy in the series. They will be joined by Rupert Graves (Sherlock) as George’s older brother Frederick, and Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) as an astronomer and scientist named Ogilvy.
As you can see the series is set in England during the Edwardian era, which is the same era that Downton Abby is set it. I absolutely love that fact that this series will be a period piece! After all, the book itself was written during that time. This is the era that I wish Steven Spielberg would have set it his movie in.
The three-part series was adapted by Peter Harness, who is the screenwriter worked on The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion episodes of Doctor Who. When talking about War of the Worlds, he explained:
"The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror. There is nothing cosy or predictable about Wells’ novel, and that’s what I want to capture in the show."
Sounds good to me! I can't wait to see more from the series, especially how the alien crafts will look. The sci-fi drama is expected to air later this year in the U.K. and in the U.S. later on.