With EPIX's modern reimagining of H.G. Wells' literary classic War of the Worlds premiering in less than a month, the premium network is offering interested viewers their first official trailer. Created and written by award-winning writer Howard Overman and lead by stars Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, the science fiction drama series will air to U.S. audiences exclusively on February 16, 2020, at 9 p.m.
Joing Byrne and McGovern on the series are Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, and Guillaume Gouix. Gilles Coulier (De Dag, Cargo, The Natives) has been tapped to direct the first four episodes, with Richard Clark (Innocent; Versailles) directing episodes five to eight.
"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."
– Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps, Executive Producers, UMF
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.
EPIX's War of the Worlds is executive produced by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy, and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films. UMF produces alongside CANAL+, Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa, and AGC Television.
"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."
– Michael Wright, President, EPIX