It’s amazing the things Hollywood is able to adapt into TV shows nowadays. Bates Motel is a series based on a single book (or movie), Fargo is a series based on a single film, From Dusk Till Dawn is based on a single film (not its terrible sequels), and yet somehow the filmmakers were able to take that material and stretch it for the small screen. Now it looks like the science fiction novel from H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, is the latest in this trend.
According to Deadline, MTV will be adapting the classic alien invasion tale into a contemporary drama series. The adaptation will be written by Teen Wolf writer Andrew Cochran.
Of course, this is by no means the first time the book has been adapted. Perhaps the most notable adaptation came in the form of the world famous Orson Welles radio adaptation in 1938, which apparently caused a bit of a panic when listeners thought they were listening to a news broadcast instead of a piece of entertainment.
War of the Worlds has also been adapted several times since. Back in 2005, the material was handled by Steven Spielberg in a film that starred Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. The film itself ended up being okay — the home life stuff worked all right for me, but all the actual alien invasion stuff…meh. It was by no means a bad film, but I wouldn’t call it memorable.
The big question from me is what the story will be about. Yes, it will have the backdrop of an alien invasion story, but when the source material is only a few hundred pages long (and was written over 100 years ago), there’s only so far it will take you. There’ll obviously be a lot of work down the line when it comes to the actual circumstances of the invasion and the characters inhabiting the world.
What do you think? Is it a good idea that MTV is set to revisit this book for a TV show? Let us know in the comments down below!
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