Epix to Premiere ‘War of the Worlds’ Series in February

Epix will unveil its version of HG Wells classic story War of The Worlds on Feb. 16, the network said Thursday.

The eight part series is a contemporary re-telling of the classic sci-fi tale in which an alien force comes to earth and wipes out all of mankind with the exception of a few pockets of humanity, said network officials.

War of the Worlds features an ensemble cast including Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif and Guillaume Gouix.

The drama series is produced by Urban Myth Films, in partnership with CANAL+, Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa and AGC Television, and executive produced by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films.

“We at Epix are thrilled to be working with the teams at Urban Myth and Studiocanal to showcase Howard Overman’s masterful take on this classic story,” said network president Michael Wright in a statement. “We can’t wait to bring this cinematic and addictive series to our audience.”

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