War of the Worlds (2019 TV series)
|War of the Worlds|
French title card
|Created by||Howard Overman|
|Based on||The War of the Worlds|
by H. G. Wells
|Written by||Howard Overman|
|Country of origin|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||October 28, 2019 –|
War of the Worlds is a television series produced by Fox Networks Group and StudioCanal-backed Urban Myth Films. The series is written by Howard Overman, and directed by Gilles Coulier and Richard Clark. The series is an adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, and is the third television adaptation of the Wells' Martian invasion novel. War of the Worlds is set to consist of eight episodes, and first premiered in France on October 28, 2019.
|“||In this new take on War Of The Worlds, when astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Earth's population waits for further contact with bated breath, but does not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out, with 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?||”|
|— Den of Geek|
- Gabriel Byrne as Bill Ward
- Elizabeth McGovern as Helen Brown
- Léa Drucker as Catherine Durand
- Adel Bencherif as Colonel Mustafa Mokrani
- Emilie de Preissac as Sophia Durand
- Natasha Little as Sarah Gresham
- Daisy Edgar Jones as Emily Gresham
- Ty Tennant as Tom Gresham
- Bayo Gbadamosi as Kariem Gat Wich Machar
- Stephen Campbell Moore as Jonathon Gresham
- Stéphane Caillard as Chloe Dumont
- Aaron Heffernan as Ash Daniel
The below actors are credited in the opening titles of only one or two episodes in which they play a significant role.
- Georgina Rich as Rachel
- Michael Marcus as Dan Ward
- Paul Gorostidi as Nathan
- Théo Christine as Saaid
- Mathieu Torloting as Sacha Dumont
- Alysson Paradis as Officer Clara
- Guillaume Gouix as Noah Dumont
|No.||Episode ||Directed by ||Written by ||Original French air date |
|1||Episode 1||Gilles Coulier||Howard Overman||October 28, 2019|
|Astronomer Catherine Durand detects a strong signal from Ross 128 which is of intelligent origin. Soon afterwards a large group of meteors impacts the centers of all major inhabited areas of Earth. They are indeed metallic spacecrafts. They start emitting a magnetic signal which quickly kills all unsheltered humans. In London Sarah Gresham fights to save her children Tom and Emily, while her husband Jonathan is in Paris and desperately tries to get home. Emily hears strange sounds. Bill tries to warn his son Dan and to save his ex-wife Helen. Kariem finds himself alone in a strange environment. Catherine's sister Sophia tries to reach her at the observatory.|
|2||Episode 2||Gilles Coulier||Howard Overman||October 28, 2019|
|In London, in Paris and in the French Alps, the survivors try to reach their loved ones, walking among the dead and wondering about the motives of the invaders. Both Helen and Sarah find it hard to grasp this new reality. Tom and Emily struggle to understand their mother's behaviour. Jonathan decides to make his way alone back to England. Neuroscientist Bill finds the alien methods mindboggling. Kariem makes some bad decisions based on fear. Catherine despairs in the search for her sister Sophia. In a Grenoble supermarket Catherine, colonel Mokrani and a group of French soldiers have a first encounter with quadripedal lethal robots.|
|3||Episode 3||Gilles Coulier||Howard Overman||November 4, 2019|
|Helen and Bill arrive too late in the command center. They manage to incapacitate a quadruped bot and make a discovery about its nature. Sarah and her children meet Ash and provide help in a hospital. Emily temporarily recovers her sight and befriends Kariem. Catherine is in shock when she finds out what role she and her colleagues played in the alien attack. Jonathan meets Chloe and they head north together.|
|4||Episode 4||Gilles Coulier||Howard Overman||November 4, 2019|
|Catherine finds the source of the sounds and Colonel Mokrani and his team go out to investigate. Ash makes a very tough decision while Kariem saves lives. Sarah and her children have a close encounter with a robot. Sacha finds a meteor site and hears strange noises. Helen and Bill are determined to find a way to destroy all quadruped bots. Kariem and Emily bond. Chloe has to confront her past. Ash and Kariem return to the hospital and are startled by their finds.|
|5||Episode 5||Richard Clark||Howard Overman||November 11, 2019|
|Patches of survivors find each other and team up. They all try to find a way to cope with their situation. Bill finds a student in Tom. Emily feels a strange connection with the alien invaders. Chloe and Sacha struggle to cope with their emotions. The fight intensifies as we find out what the quadruped bots are after. Jonathan is baffled by Sacha's behaviour. Colonel Mokrani and his team make some interesting discoveries. Catherine has a close shave.|
|6||Episode 6||Richard Clark||Howard Overman||November 11, 2019|
|Emily's sight recovers as she hears the noise. Bill is intrigued by her connection to the robots, others question it. Sacha discovers he has a connection to the robots too and Jonathan finds his behaviour very hard to understand. In London the group of survivors make their way to the university lab where Bill and Tom try to gain information on the quadrupeds. They find the aliens know more about humans than they imagined possible. Emily clashes with her mother. Helen and Sarah take a gamble and end up in a precarious situation. Tom's birthday needs celebrating and everybody reconciles. Catherine and Mokrani's team return to the observatory where a surprise awaits them.|
|7||Episode 7||Richard Clark||Howard Overman||November 18, 2019|
|We see how Sophia survived the first few days. The situation between Jonathan and Sacha reaches boiling point. Bill tries to get information from Emily but she feels more confused than ever. Catherine's priorities have changed now Sophia is alive. She develops a theory around the alien noise. Helen finds out about Bill's secret. The future looks very different for the London group when disaster strikes.|
|8||Episode 8||Richard Clark||Howard Overman||November 18, 2019|
|Catherine, Sophia and Mokrani's team go looking for other survivors. Ash doubts Emily's motives while Bill wrestles with his new reality. Jonathan learns the truth about Sacha and Chloe. Emily and Kariem go looking for answers. Sacha redeems himself. Catherine puts her theory to the test.|
Gilles Coulier and Richard Clark each directed four episodes of the series, with Coulier directing the first four episode and Clark directing the last four. The series was written by Howard Overman. The series is executive produced by Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps. By October 2019, the creative team had begun work on a second season.
Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern star in the series, and they are joined by Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, Guillaume Gouix, Léa Drucker and Natasha Little. Greg Kinnear was originally set to star, but was not listed in the starring cast list when it was revealed by Deadline Hollywood in January 2019.
War of the Worlds consists of eight episodes. The series was released in full on MyCanal in France on October 28, 2019, before being broadcast from October 28 in weekly batches of two episodes, and will be released in most parts of Europe and Africa weekly between October 30 and December 18, 2019.
Canal+ and Fox Networks Group have the rights to release the series in Europe and Africa. AGC Television distribute the series to the North American market, and co-distribute with StudioCanal to Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Fox Networks Group release the series in Europe. The series broadcasts on Fox in more than 50 countries.
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