War of the Worlds Series in Development at MTV

War of the Worlds

MTV is developing a contemporary drama based on H.G. Wells' 1898 science fiction novel "The War of the Worlds."

Deadline reports the adaptation will be written by former "Teen Wolf" writer Andrew Cochran, and executive produced Jeff Davis, who created the hit series for the network.

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Wells' novel details an invasion of southern England by Martians, from the perspective of an unnamed protagonist and his younger brother. "The War of the Worlds" has been adapted numerous times across numerous mediums over the past century, most famously as a 1938 radio drama written and directed by Orson Welles, which has long been credited with causing panic among listeners who thought the show was a legitimate news broadcast.

There have been at least seven films based on the novel, including the 1953 sci-fi classic starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, and the 2005 blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise.

The MTV project hails from The Firm's Jeff Kwatinetz and Jeff Barry, whose grandfather is the late Gene Barry.

Although no further details on the project are currently available, it will likely involve a group of overly attractive teens and at least one love triangle.

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