The first production stills from Gabriel’s new television series, H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, have dropped! Coming to us from Urban Myth Films, the series is now in post-production, so we can continue to hope it will hit our screens later this year. It stars Gabriel Byrne and an international ensemble cast and is comprised of 8 one-hour episodes.
From all of the publicity so far, this looks like a well-crafted contemporary re-telling of the Wells story: chilling, gripping, and quite serious in tone.
The pictures tell a slightly different story though . . . wink
As you can see in the very first production image for the series above, our hero is intensely investigating something important, but all I can see is what looks like an overhead projector next to him and this does not instill confidence, does it? Right. These people are doomed!
Well, there might be more cutting edge technology than we thought! Here Gabriel is full of lights (or someone is targeting him–not sure which) and he is either riding or being stranded in an elevator with Elizabeth McGovern, who plays his ex-wife in the series. This could be awkward…
Whew! Made it out of the elevator, grabbed a shopping cart (?), and now headed off purposefully to do something or other, with Elizabeth McGovern and a friend in tow (See them back in the back there? Click on the image to make it bigger. There. Now you can see them!). Things are looking disheveled, which I suppose is to be expected when aliens come knocking unexpectedly on Earth’s door, but we trust our intrepid protagonists will at least make it out of this building in one piece!
More stills indicate the story takes place in multiple locales, so obviously someone makes it out of that building!
About the story, Gabriel says:
“We live in an age of anxiety; identifiable fears are endemic to the culture. H.G Wells understood collective subliminal and unconscious fear,” said Gabriel Byrne, leading the ensemble cast. “In literature, dystopian novels and science fiction has been a safe place for us to deal with collective terror. But what Wells also understood is that the greatest threat is not from out there, but from inside ourselves, and we see in this new telling of the story; a warning that it is only our own humanity that will save us.”Spoiler TV
That was characteristically thoughtful and illuminating and hints at the tone of this telling of the classic H. G. Wells novel.
And that’s all there is at the moment. Stay tuned for more soon and do keep these beleaguered folks in your thoughts, okay? They are going to need all the help they can get! heart