‘Doctor Who’ writer developing new ‘War Of The Worlds’ adaptation

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The makers of Poldark are working on a major new TV adaptation of The War Of The Worlds.

Mammoth Screen’s project is reportedly set to coincide with the expiration of the copyright on HG Wells’ novel in December 2016.

Doctor Who writer Peter Harness (‘Kill the Moon’, ‘The Zygon Invasion’) is apparently developing a mini-series set in the same Victorian period and setting of the original novel.

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Set in the Surrey town of Dorking when it becomes invaded by Martians, Wells’ science fiction novel was originally published in 1897.

The story has been adapated into seven movies (most recently starring Tom Cruise in 2005), a hit musical and a previous Canadian/American TV series that ran from 1988 to 1990.

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Peter Harness also adapted Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for BBC One earlier this year.

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Mammoth managing director Damien Timmer told Broadcast: “The aftershock of The War Of The Worlds can still be felt in popular culture today. The story of a Martian invasion as experienced in Victorian Surrey is a masterpiece. We want this new adaptation to reaffirm H G Wells’ position as one of this country’s most important writers.”

It is hoped that the series will begin filming in early 2017.

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