10:14am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'War of the Worlds' TV Series in the Works at MTV
With the end of Teen Wolf in sight, MTV is looking to work with the show's creators for another reboot. Jeff Davis and writer Andrew Cochran will adapt H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
First published in 1897, Wells' tale is one of the earliest stories to explore a conflict between man and extraterrestrials. It has been adapted multiple times via radio, features, TV and more. Most recently, Tom Cruise starred in the 2005 feature film take.
The project hails from The Firm's Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry, the latter of whose grandfather, Gene Barry, starred in the first film adaptation — 1953's Paramount movie directed by Byron Haskin.
War of the Worlds reteams The Firm with Davis and Cochran, who helped put the Viacom-owned cable network on the map with Teen Wolf. The series will end with its sixth and final season in 2017.
Should War of the Worlds go to series, it would join a roster of dramas that include adaptations of Scream and The Shannara Chronicles.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.
Already in the works this season are reboots of Dynasty (The CW), Magnum P.I. (ABC), The Lost Boys (The CW), Varsity Blues (CMT), The Departed (Amazon) and L.A. Law, though the latter does not yet have a network attached.
For Davis' part, he's also readying a TV reboot of Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In, which is set up as a pilot at TNT.
The news comes as ABC is poised to debut Time After Time, a drama from Kevin Williamson that follows the adventures of a young H.G. Wells.