MIPCOM: ITV Studios Drama 'The War of the Worlds' Sells to Multiple Territories

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The BBC reboot of H.G. Wells' sci-fi novel has presold across Europe and for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment on Monday unveiled a slew of presales for The War of the Worlds across Europe — including France, Spain and Russia — and for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Africa.

Adapted by Peter Harness, the BBC's upcoming reboot of H.G. Wells' sci-fi novel will air in Europe on TF1 in France, Movistar+ in Spain, LaF via Sky Italy, Channel 1 in Russia, Ireland's RUV, YLE in Finland and on Epic Drama in Central and Eastern Europe.

War of the Worlds also has been picked up by Foxtel in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Blue Ant Media in Canada and with M-Net in Africa. The Mammoth Screen production for the BBC is being co-produced with Creasun Media, in association with Red Square.

Set in Edwardian England, the series is being directed by Craig Viveiros and stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall, Robert Carlyle and Rupert Graves. When Horsell Common is struck by a huge meteor, the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious alien invasion. The story follows the attempt by one couple, played by Spall and Tomlinson, to escape the ruthless Martians who are determined to destroy all human life as they endeavor to conquer the planet.

The reboot is being produced by Betsan Morris Evans, and Damien Timmer, Preethi Mavahalli, Harness, Viveiros, Tommy Bulfin, Minglu Ma and Jamie Brown share executive producer credits.

"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," Ruth Berry, managing director of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said in a statement.