London, 10 July: Following the international success of season one, CANAL+ and FOX’s multi-faceted drama series War of the Worlds, written and created by BAFTA Award-winner Howard Overman (Misfits, Crazyhead, Merlin) will return for a highly-anticipated second season.
Set in France and the UK, the critically-acclaimed modern-day retelling has been a global success, having been sold to more than 60 territories throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
With an ensemble cast, including Golden Globe winner and EMMY and Tony award nominated actor Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), and Daisy Edgar Jones (Normal People), War of the Worlds achieved the highest viewing records on CANAL+ on-demand service, as a CANAL+ Creation Originale. Airing in more than 50 European and African markets on FOX, it was the most successful regional launch since 2016, and was the UK’s highest rated new FOX launch since 2012. War of the Worlds season one is among the highest-performing series on EPIX in the US.
The second season of the contemporary adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, sees Richard Clark returning to direct episodes 1-4 whilst Ben A. Williams is joining to direct episodes 5-8.
Alongside Gabriel Byrne and Daisy Edgar Jones, returning cast include Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Bayo Gbadamosi, Aaron Heffernan and Emilie de Preissac.
War of the Worlds is produced by Studiocanal-backed Urban Myth Films, in partnership with CANAL+ and FOX, and will continue to broadcast in the US on EPIX.
Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy Executive Producers and founders of Urban Myth said, ‘The whole team at Urban Myth Films was thrilled with the success of the first series and we are excited to bring back our brave survivors for an explosive second run.’
In series one of War of the Worlds, an alien attack all but wiped out mankind, with just a handful of humans fighting to survive. And no one felt more rocked by the invasion than Emily (Daisy Edgar Jones), who discovered she may have her own strange personal connection to the aliens.
In series two our characters will be left reeling by the possibility that the invaders could be human. A tense fight to take back the planet awaits them. For some, the sheer desperation to survive will lead them to contemplate sacrificing one of their own...
The drama series is executive produced by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films.
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe's leader in production, and distribution of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM in Germany (SHADOWPLAY), the UK's RED Production Company (Years and Years), Spain's BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (On Death Row) and France's STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (Mouche). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Ride Upon The Storm) as well as of UK-based GUILTY PARTY PICTURES; Benedict Cumberbatch's production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds).
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