BBC’s The War of the Worlds Trailer


There has been no shortage of on-screen adaptations of H.G. Wells’ science-fiction classic The War of the Worlds over the years with the most notable ones being Byron Haskin’s 1953 film and Steven Spielberg’s 2005 remake. This year, however, it looks like we’re due for a pair of competing TV adaptations with the BBC turning it into a three-part mini-series set in Edwardian England and Misfits creator Howard Overman making an eight-episode contemporary version. The first trailer for the BBC version has arrived online this week, teasing their take on the iconic tripods. Directed by Craig Viveiros (And Then There Were None) and starring Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle, the BBC’s The War of the Worlds will premiere sometime this fall. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

  • eliantigiorgi

    Finally a faithful adaption.

  • Lori Cerny

    I am always down for a retelling of this particular story. It is so simple, yet terrifying.

  • MikeF_NY

    It will be very cool to see it set in the time period when it was originally written. Love the look of the tripods. It’s been over 50 years since I read the novel (yes I am THAT old) but I just may have to reread it ahead of this release. Always loved the 1953 version with Gene Barry.

  • Dave

    Can anyone in NZ confirm if they, like me, have seen the trailer on TVNZ where I’m sure the trail ended with the words “a TWO part series”? Everything else I’ve read about it says it will be a three parter. If I heard correctly, it sounds like it’s been edited to play in two parts for NZ.