The BBC has announced that it will create a new TV adaptation of H.G Wells' War of the Worlds.
The three-part drama will be the first UK version of the story, which was published in 1897 and has never gone out of print.
The series will be penned by Peter Harness, who has written for both Doctor Who and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
The legendary sci-fi tale sees England invaded by extraterrestrials after comets fall from the sky, where they’re eventually defeated by an intolerance to Earth’s common diseases.
The drama will follow one man’s attempt to escape the Martians, in much the same way as the 2005 Tom Cruise film of the same name.
Speaking in an interview, Peter Harness said that he was thrilled to be bringing back a sci-fi classic.
“I’m feeling phenomenally lucky to be writing The War of the Worlds, and blowing up gigantic swathes of the Home Counties at the dawn of the twentieth century. Wells’ book is ground zero for all modern science fiction, and like all the best sci-fi, manages to sneak in some pretty astonishing comments on what it is to be a human being too.
“I’m hoping to follow in the great man’s footsteps by making a terrifying, Martian-packed series which manages to be emotional, characterful, and - deep breath, dare I say it - even political at the same time.”
As well as War of the Worlds, the BBC has also announced TV adaptations of other classic works, including Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Rumer Godden’s Black Narcissus and Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy.
Whilst it’s not yet known when the new drama series will emerge, the BBC has claimed that the shows will appear on Netflix soon after they’re broadcast.
Source: Huffington Post UK