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Series Mania Confirms Titles, Launches Pioneering Virtual Digital Forum

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Series Mania Confirms Titles, Launches Pioneering Virtual Digital Forum
Wild Bunch TV-sold “Albatros,” Turner Latin America’s banner title “Amarres” and REInvent Studios’ globe-trotting “Peacemaker” will feature at a 54 series-strong Buyers Showcase, which launches today March 25 as a backbone of Series Mania’s online Digital Forum, Europe’s first big festival experiment in a virtual marketplace.

Also featuring a powerful Co-Pro Pitching lineup, packed by pedigree producers and creatives, the Digital Forum’s industry audience, such as the number of accredited distributors, still has to be confirmed.

Some high-profile titles are missing: Opener “The Luminaries,” for example, from Fremantle and Working Title, and HBO closer “Run.” That said, the Buyer’s Showcase looks set to include five of Series Mania’s original 10 main competition entries and 13 of its 15 International Panorama titles, the festival’s two main sections.

Looking to the long-haul, as it also address urgent financial fall-out from Covid-19, the industry needs festival selection more than ever.

“Series
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War Of The Worlds Episodes 1 and 2 Review

War Of The Worlds Episodes 1 and 2 Review
This War Of The Worlds review contains spoilers.

War of the Worlds Episodes 1 and 2

No ‘The’. That’s how to distinguish this TV version of H.G. Wells’ alien invasion classic from the one that aired late last year. That was The War Of The Worlds, this one’s just War Of The Worlds – no definite article, more casual, more approachable, more modern.

Of course, as a French-us co-production, they might have gone with La War Of The Worlds, but that would just have been silly.

There is nothing silly about this opening double-bill. It’s deathly serious, a paranoid invasion thriller that rivals even the Six O’Clock news in its evocation of dread. It’s so sombre, in fact, that watching it is almost a relief, given our current situation. To finally see the world fall apart and any semblance of normality poof into the air as people
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War of the Worlds Interviews: Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Natasha Little

War of the Worlds Interviews: Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Natasha Little
Following the cool reception to the BBC’s much-vaunted period adaptation, Fox are bringing H. G. Wells’ classic tale War of the Worlds up to date. The new show, which begins on the 5th of March, is a present-day adaptation, with a global view on the ensuing alien invasion.

Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Natasha Little for their new sci-fi TV series, written for Fox by Howard Overman, and directed by Gilles Coulier and Richard Clark. The series is a loose adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, and is set in present-day Europe.

The series consists of eight episodes and stars Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Lea Drucker, Adel Bencherif, Emilie de Preissac, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Ty Tennant, Stephen Capmbell-Moore and Stephanie Caillard.

War Of The Worlds will launch on Fox on Thursday 5th March with a double bill of Episodes 1&2 from 21:00 this will then revert
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‘War Of The Worlds’: Fox Networks & Canal+ Drama Set For Season 2 Renewal Ahead Of U.S. & UK Premiere

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Exclusive: Fox Networks Group and France’s Canal+ are set to renew their original drama War Of The Worlds for a second season.

Deadline understands that preparation is already well underway for Season 2, which is set to go into production in the UK in spring this year. Producer Urban Myth Films has also set up a company, named WOTW2, to house the production.

The modern-day reworking of H.G Wells’ classic story was created and written by Misfits scribe Howard Overman, who runs Studiocanal-backed Urban Myth with Johnny Caps and Julian Murphy. Agc Television also provided finance.

Starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, the eight-part first season aired in France last year and has launched on Fox in certain territories in Europe. It is yet to land on Fox in the UK or in the U.S., where it will premiere on Epix on February 16, 2020.

Set in contemporary Europe,
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‘War of the Worlds’ Series Adaptation Starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern Lands at Epix

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‘War of the Worlds’ Series Adaptation Starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern Lands at Epix
The series adaptation of “War of the Worlds” starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern has landed at Epix for U.S. distribution, the premium cable channel announced on Wednesday.

The series, a loose adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic, is created and written by Howard Overman. It features an ensemble cast including Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif and Guillaume Gouix.

“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,” Epix president Michael Wright said. “We can’t wait to bring this cinematic and addictive series to our audience.”

Also Read: Epix's 'Godfather of Harlem' Trailer: 'Times Have Changed,' But Forest Whitaker's Bumpy Johnson Hasn't (Video)

The eight-series first debuted in France back in October. Gilles Coulier directed the
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Behind the Scenes With Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern on ‘War of the Worlds’

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Behind the Scenes With Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern on ‘War of the Worlds’
“To carry a secret is a great thing,” says Gabriel Byrne, reflecting on his latest role. “You never have to show the secret, because the audience knows it… and they’ll do the work for you in that situation.”

The actor was doing press rounds for a new, and very loose adaptation of “War of the Worlds,” from Urban Myth, Canal Plus, Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa, Agc Television, and Studiocanal – a powerful combination – which updates H.G. Wells’ alien invasion novel by grounding the story in the here-and-now and by focusing more on character than on spectacle.

Functioning instead as a survival thriller set in both England and France, the eight-episode series follows a diverse group living in the aftermath of a cataclysmic attack that has wiped out most life on Earth.

Written and created by BAFTA winner Howard Overman (“Misfits”) and produced by Urban Myth Films, the sci-fi
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‘American Animals’ Outfit Raw Boosts TV Drama Team With Head Of Scripted From Studio Lambert

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‘American Animals’ Outfit Raw Boosts TV Drama Team With Head Of Scripted From Studio Lambert
American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw has hired Sara Murray from UK producer Studio Lambert to serve in the newly created role of head of scripted TV.

Murray will be tasked with growing the company’s TV scripted division. At Studio Lambert, which like Raw is owned by All3Media, she was an executive producer on upcoming ten-part Amazon/Virgin Media series The Feed by Channing Powell

(The Walking Dead), and worked on shows including Girl On A Wire by Thomas Martin (Tin Star).

Raw’s TV scripted development slate includes projects with Clio Barnard, Lucy Kirkwood, Tom Edge and Juliette Towhidi, alongside Bart Layton’s first scripted TV commission. The firm is also currently in production on factual series for Netflix, CNN and Discovery.

Murray was previously script editor on Andrew Davies’ ITV drama Dr Zhivago, TV development producer on hit Channel4 series Top Boy by Ronan Bennett
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First Look at the New War Of The Worlds Series with Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern

Thanks to Variety and Studio Canal, we have our first look at the upcoming series adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic sci-fi novel War of the Worlds.

This latest adaptation is an eight-part series set in modern-day Europe, and it will “follow the pockets of humanity left on earth following an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike.”

The series stars Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern. They lead an ensemble cast which includes Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, and Guillaume Gouix. Bryne had this to say in a statement regarding the series:

“In literature, dystopian novels and science fiction has been a safe place for us to deal with collective terror. But what Wells also understood is that the greatest threat is not from out there, but from inside ourselves, and we see in this new telling of the story; a warning that it is only our
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First Look at Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern in ‘War of the Worlds’ Series

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First Look at Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern in ‘War of the Worlds’ Series
Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern are in action in the first pictures from the “War of the Worlds” series from Canal Plus, Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa, and Agc Television.

The H.G. Wells adaptation is set in modern-day Europe. Byrne and McGovern belong to an ensemble cast featuring Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, and Guillaume Gouix. Gilles Coulier (“The Natives”) and Richard Clark (“Versailles”) will direct four episodes apiece.

“In literature, dystopian novels and science fiction has been a safe place for us to deal with collective terror,” Byrne said. “But what Wells also understood is that the greatest threat is not from out there, but from inside ourselves, and we see in this new telling of the story a warning that it is only our own humanity that will save us.”

The adaptation of the Wells classic comes from “Misfits” creator Howard Overman
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‘Future Man’ Co-Creators Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir Ink Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

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Exclusive: Future Man co-creators/executive producers Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir have closed a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind Hulu’s adventure comedy series starring Josh Hutcherson .

Under the pact, the pair will develop new series projects for the studio as well as continue to executive produce and showrun Future Man, which was just renewed for a third and final season.

Future Man, which Hunter and Shaffir co-created with Howard Overman, has been very well received creatively, with Season 2 earning 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, up from 82% for Season 1. It marked Hunter and Shaffir’s latest collaboration with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

The quartet’s feature projects include the Columbia Pictures comedies Sausage Party and The Night Before, which Hunter and Shaffir co-wrote and executive produced, The Interview and This Is The End, which the duo executive produced, as well as the Universal Pictures comedies Blockers and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,
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‘Future Man’ Renewed at Hulu For Third and Final Season

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‘Future Man’ Renewed at Hulu For Third and Final Season
Future Man” has been renewed for a third and final season, Hulu said Tuesday. The show’s concluding season will be 8 episodes, down from 13 in previous seasons.

The sci-fi comedy stars Josh Hutcherson as a socially inept janitor and world-ranked gamer recruited by time-traveling soldiers to help save the world after he wins an unbeatable game called Cybergeddon. Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson co-star, with Haley Joel Osment, Glenne Headly, Ed Begley Jr., Robert Craighead, Sara Amini and Shaun J. Brown rounding out the cast.

Created by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, and Howard Overman, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg serving as executive producers, “Future Man” came to Hulu from Sony Pictures Television, Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions, and Hutcherson’s production company, Turkeyfoot.

The renewal comes three months after Season 2 debuted on Hulu on January 11.

Read original story ‘Future Man’ Renewed at Hulu For Third
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The War of the Worlds adds Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern

The modern day The War of the Worlds series from Urban Myth Films, Canal+, Fox and Agc Television has just added two more to its cast in Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downtown Abbey).

Byrne and McGovern will star alongside Léa Drucker (Le Bureau Des Légendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stéphane Caillard (Marseille), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned).

The eight-part drama has been created by Howard Overman (Merlin), who has described the project as “a cautionary tale of racial superiority and ethnic conflict” and stated that he is looking to create a “bold, fresh and relatable” version of the Martian invasion tale. Gilles Coulier (Cargo) will direct the first half of the series while Richard Clark (Versailles) will direct the last half.

The War of the Worlds series sees “astronomers detecting a transmission from another galaxy, giving definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life.
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War of the Worlds TV Series Set, Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern to Star

Joseph Baxter Jan 29, 2019

Yet another television adaptation of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds is in the works, this time from Fox Networks Group.

War of the Worlds, the template-setting 1898 alien invasion sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, has certainly seen its share of adaptations over its century-plus existence; a multi-medium collection that will soon add a promising miniseries by the BBC. However, Urban Myth Films is prepping its own television take on the classic story of extraterrestrial conflagration. Moreover, the series has procured a pair of prestigious stars for its effort.

Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern will headline a War of the Worlds television series. This adaptation – arriving as eight 60-minute episodes – puts Wells’s story through the lens of modernization, manifesting as a contemporary-set reimagining of the tale; a stark distinction from the BBC miniseries, which adapts a more traditional setting for the story in the brief 1901-1910 era of Edwardian England.
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‘War Of The Worlds’: Gabriel Byrne & Elizabeth McGovern Lead Cast In Sci-Fi Series From Canal+, Fox & Agc

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‘War Of The Worlds’: Gabriel Byrne & Elizabeth McGovern Lead Cast In Sci-Fi Series From Canal+, Fox & Agc
Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) will lead the ensemble cast in Urban Myth Film’s TV series reimagining of classic sci-fi tale War Of The Worlds.

Also starring will be Léa Drucker (Le Bureau Des Légendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stéphane Caillard (Marseille), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) with additional casting underway.

Agc Television has joined Canal+ and Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa, as a partner on the English-language series and will co-finance and co-distribute. The partnership marks the first major co-financing deal for Agc’s TV division and the firm will distribute to the North American market and co-distribute with StudioCanal in Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Fng Content Distribution will handle Europe and Africa (excluding French speaking territories). StudioCanal, as a shareholder of Urban Myth Films, helped put the production finance together.
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Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Join Fox’s ‘War of the Worlds’ Series

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Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Join Fox’s ‘War of the Worlds’ Series
Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern have signed on for “War of the Worlds,” the upcoming adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic for Fox in Europe and Africa and Canal Plus in France. Stuart Ford’s Agc Television has also boarded the series as a finance and sales partner and will co-distribute internationally.

Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”) and McGovern (“The Wife”) will join an ensemble cast that includes Lea Drucker (“Le Bureau des Legendes”), Natasha Little (“Silent Witness”), Daisy Edgar Jones (“Cold Feet”), Stéphane Caillard (“Genius”), Adel Bencherif (“The Prophet”) and Guillaume Gouix (“The Returned”).

Studiocanal-backed producer Urban Myth Films is producing. The Fox and Canal Plus show will go up against another take on the alien invasion tale being produced by Mammoth Screen for British broadcaster ITV. That version stars Rafe Spall (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) and Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”).

The Urban Myth show sets the action in modern-day
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Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Cast in StudioCanal's 'War of the Worlds' Series

Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern Cast in StudioCanal's 'War of the Worlds' Series
Hereditary star Gabriel Byrne and Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern will head the ensemble cast of War of the Worlds, a new television re-imagining of the H.G. Wells sci-fi classic, created by veteran British writer Howard Overman (Misfits, Atlantis).

Lea Drucker (Le Bureau des legendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stephane Caillard (Genius), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) have also signed on to star in the eight-part series, which Urban Myth Films is producing. Shooting on the series has already begun in the U.K. and France. Gilles Coulier (De Dag) and Richard Clark (Versailles) ...
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Netflix Picks Up Sci-Fi Series from Future Man Co-Creator

Chris Longo Nov 15, 2018

Are you ready to find The One? Netflix appears to be.

Netflix is quickly becoming a hub for science fiction. The streamer has ordered a new series from Future Man and Misfits creator Howard Overman titled The One.

The series is set in the near future where a DNA test can reveal a person’s perfect partner, and the implications of having the perfect match lead to some explosive decisions. The series is adapted from a 2017 novel by John Marrs, who has said in interviews that he sees the story as a relationship-focused one, rather than hard sci-fi. The novel follows five people who have unexpected matches.

The One received a 10-episode order and will be written by Overman, whose other TV writing credits include Merlin, Dirk Gently, and E4/Netflix’s Crazyhead.

Overman co-created the well-reviewed, Seth Rogen-produced sci-fi comedy Future Man, which streams on Hulu.
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‘The One': Netflix Orders TV Adaptation of John Marrs Sci-Fi Novel About DNA and Dating

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Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of John Marrs’ sci-fi novel “The One,” from “Misfits” creator Howard Overman.

Here’s the official logline for the 10-episode series: “The One” is set five minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. No matter how good your relationship, which one of us can honestly say we haven’t thought about whether there is someone better out there? What if a hair sample is all it takes to find them? The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive. We will never think of love and relationships in the same way again.

Overman is creator, writer and executive producer on “The One,” with Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy also executive producing for Urban Myth Films. The series hails from Urban Myth Films and StudioCanal.
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Netflix Finds ‘The One,’ a Sci-Fi Adaptation from Urban Myth Films

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Netflix has greenlit “The One,” a sci-fi series set in a very near future in which a DNA test can match people with their perfect partner. Based on the eponymous John Marrs novel, the 10-part series will be produced by U.K.-based drama shingle Urban Myth Films and launch globally on Netflix.

Set five minutes in the future, the series follows events a decade after a scientific breakthrough has allowed people to use DNA testing to find their ideal partner. But even in perfectly matched couples partners have secrets and “The One” follows some that have shocking and deadly consequences, as well as the wider explosive implications of DNA-based pairings.

The series was created and written by Urban Myth’s Howard Overman (“Misfits”) and the producer’s Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy will exec produce. It is another big win for the scripted banner, which is in pre-production on
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Netflix Finds ‘The One’, New Drama Series Where Love Meets DNA Science

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Netflix has met its match, so to speak. The streaming service has greenlighted The One, a 10-episode drama series from writer-creator Howard Overman based on the sci-fi novel by John Marrs.

Here’s the logline: The One is set five minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. No matter how good your relationship, which one of us can honestly say we haven’t thought about whether there is someone better out there? What if a hair sample is all it takes to find them? The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive.

StudioCanal is the studio, and the series is produced by Urban Myth Films, the company set up by Overman and producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy;. The latter two are exec producers of The One.
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