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War Of The Worlds being adapted for television with writer Peter Harness at the helm

Production company Mammoth Screen is developing a new version H.G. Wells’ science-fiction novel War Of The Worlds for television. Peter Harness will be writing the mini-series that will apparently keep the original setting of late 19th Century Surrey in England.

Harness has proven himself of late with his scripts for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and some memorable stories from the Peter Capaldi-era of Doctor Who with series eight's Kill The Moon and this year's The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion two-parter.

War Of The Worlds will air on ITV, though we won't be seeing it for some time yet. Mammoth Screen and Harness won't be able to adapt the novel until the original copyright expires in December next year. Broadcastnow have claimed that shooting will then commence in 2017.

We'll bring more news on this intriguing story as we have it.