The War of the Worlds gets November premiere on Fox One

The War of the Worlds will screen over two nights in early November on the upcoming FOX One channel.

The War of the Worlds (1897) is a novel by English author HG Wells, who also wrote The Time Machine and became known as the father of science fiction. It’s one of the earliest books to tell the story of a conflict between mankind and an extra-terrestrial race. When a strange object lands in the heart of England and hatches, the inhabitants of Earth find themselves under attack from ruthless aliens armed with heat rays and poisonous smoke.

Starring Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Rafe Spall (Shaun of the Dead) as George and Amy, (a new addition to the story) are a couple defying the prejudices of society as they attempt to start a life together, all the while swerving the ongoing chaos of an alien invasion.

Joining the cast is Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) as astronomer Ogilvy, and Rupert Graves (Sherlock) as George’s brother Frederick.

“HG Wells’ seminal novel has been adapted for the screen many times, but it’s always had a contemporary (and American) setting,” director Craig Viveiros said. “This is the first version to be set in London and [its environs] during the Edwardian period.”

Writer Peter Harness added: “The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror.”

The War of the Worlds is part of Foxtel’s “Summer Fest”, a massive line-up of the hottest entertainment featuring the world’s best live sport, drama, movies and shows all in the one place this Summer.

The War of the Worlds will stream and screen over two nights, Thursday November 7 and Friday November 8 at 7.30pm on FOX ONE.