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Monday, 15 October 2018

ITV Studios Global Entertainment announces pre-sales of The War of the Worlds to multiple territories


ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has arrived in Cannes with pre-sales for one of its key drama launches, The War of the Worlds, secured across over 80 territories.

The drama is a Mammoth Screen production for the BBC co-produced with Creasun Media in association with Red Square, and has pre-sold across Europe, including France, Spain and Russia, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and across Africa.

Adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), The War of the Worlds will air in Europe on TF1 (France), Movistar+ (Spain), LaF via Sky Italy, Channel 1 (Russia) RUV (Iceland), YLE (Finland) and on Epic Drama, in key territories across CEE.

It has also been picked up by Foxtel in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand and Blue Ant Media in Canada, while a deal in Africa with M-Net, means the show will be available in over 50 countries across the continent.

Ruth Berry, Managing Director, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: “The War of the Worlds is an internationally recognised story and this is the first British television adaptation of H.G Wells’ classic tale. It is an incredible and truly ground-breaking production full of mood and atmosphere, which is bringing to life some of literature’s most notorious foes. It is event television at its best that viewers won’t want to miss.” 

Set in Edwardian England, the 3x60 series stars Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Loving Vincent) and Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Big Short) alongside Robert Carlyle (T2: Trainspotting, Once Upon A Time) and Rupert Graves (Swimming with Men, Sherlock).

When Horsell Common in Surrey, England, is struck by a huge meteor, the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious alien invasion. The War of the Worlds follows one couple's attempt to escape the ruthless Martians who are determined to destroy all human life as they attempt to conquer the earth.

This new adaptation of H.G. Wells' seminal tale - the first alien invasion story in literature - follows George (Spall) and his partner Amy (Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together, and face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension.

The War of the Worlds is directed by award-winning director Craig Viveiros and produced by Betsan Morris Evans (NW, The City and The City).  The executive producers are Damien Timmer, Preethi Mavahalli, Peter Harness and Craig Viveiros for Mammoth Screen, part of ITV Studios, and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. The Executive Producer for Creasun is Minglu Ma and for Red Square, Jamie Brown.

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