Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CANAL + TO ALSO ADAPT WAR OF THE WORLDS INTO SF MINI SERIES WITH GABRIEL BYRNE, ELIZABETH MCGOVERN, GUILLAUME GOUIX

WAR OF THE WORLDS
NEW MINI SERIES FROM CANAL+
I'm not exactly sure why they've chosen this particular moment when BBC is ready to air their version of H.G. Wells' classic WAR OF THE WORLDS with Rafe Spall and Eleanor Tomlinson, but for some reason Canal + and
Guillaume Gouix, Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern will lead the cast
Fox Networks will shoot their own 8 episode series on it and they have the cast as well: Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif and Guillaume Gouix will star in the version set in contemporary Europe
Natasha Little, Adel Bencherif, Stephane Caillard will also star!
following the pockets of humanity left on earth after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike. The series will air later this year on Canal + in France and on all Fox cable channels around Europe and Africa. Richard Clarke who directed Versailles will helm half of the season.

14 comments:

  1. Because networks and production companies love to compete with each other. It's probably a pissing contest to see who gets more viewers.

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    1. but these won't air at the same market. Maybe they haven't heard of the BBC version, that is why people should always follow the spy :) Let us just hope that nobody will do Les Miserables any time soon again :)

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    2. Please, no more Les Miserables! That's been done to death!

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    3. the one that is currently airing on BBC is unexpectedly good, I'm on episode 5, probably the best BBC series I've seen in years, and they've been failing with epic drama ever since they hired the new president of BBC who came up with the stupid idea to shoot them all in three episodes. I really hope Lily Collins gets all possible awards for her role in it, she's marvellous.

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    4. Lily usually is marvelous in her works. I shall have to add it to my list now that you've given it your seal of approval.

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    5. you will be utterly and absolutely stunned by her performance, could be the best TV performance from a female I've seen in many years. The change she undergoes in the series has never been seen before on the telly, if it was a film she'd be getting an Oscar. Dominic West is amazing too in it, Oyelowo is rather bland and uninspired, it is very obvious he got the role just for the colour of his skin as BBC has to put people of different colours in each project in order to get money from the government for the production.

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  2. There's too much fantasy and sci-fiction in today's cinema industry! Not very flattering to this industry. It does say something about the viewers too; they are deeply down in 'escapism'. I don't know if it's good or not.I can speak only on my account. I'm not a fan of this genre, and I am certainly not the escapist type.

    Anyway,I was wondering if H.G.Wells the writer, was related to Orson Wells, the actor. Probably not.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of it, but I think it is also because we live in the golden age of special effects when the progress in technology allows us to create very believable images on the big and small screens which we weren't able to do before.

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  3. Too scary for me. I hated the movie with Tom Cruise...if I am thinking of the right one.

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  4. Episode 8 leaves you hanging with at least 3 Primary Plot lines unresolved. There must be a Season 2 or this project is a huge failure.

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    1. I haven't heard any reactions so it must have not gone well. I'm waiting for the BBC version, I don't like contemporary adaptations.

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