Stellar cast signs on to U.K.'s new Day of the Triffids miniseries

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Jason Priestley and Vanessa Redgrave have been lined up for The Day of the Triffids, a modern miniseries update of the classic SF novel for the BBC, Variety reported.

Power will co-produce the miniseries with Canada's Prodigy Pictures, based on John Wyndham's best-selling 1951 novel about an invasion of mobile, carrion-eating plant monsters.

Patrick Harbinson (ER) wrote the script for the two-part miniseries, which will air on the BBC later this year.

The Day of the Triffids is set in the not-too-distant future, when scientists create and cultivate a plant called the triffid that provides an alternative fuel supply, with devastating results.

The book was adapted by BBC Radio in 1953, 1957 and 1968. A BBC TV production followed in 1981. In 2001 writer Lance Dann adapted the story into two hourlong episodes for the BBC World Service. It was also adapted as a feature film in 1962.

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