Despite your mixed feelings about the MTV Network's expeditions into original genre programming like The Shannara Chronicles and Scream, they're boldly forging ahead with a new challenge developing H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds with Teen Wolf writer Andrew Cochran attached. Deadline reported that Cochran will be joined on the updated project by Teen Wolf executive producer Jeff Davis and The Firm’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz.
Wells' 1898 novel has endured many adaptations and presentations over the decades, including a 2005 Tom Cruise-led offering from Steven Spielberg, a Canadian TV series in 1988, the famous 1938 radio drama delivered by the legendary Orson Welles, a 2013 History Channel docudrama and, of course, the amazing George Pal-produced technicolor version from 1953. The monumental sci-fi book has an intimate association for Barry, as his grandfather, Gene Barry, starred in that excellent film adaptation from the '50s directed by Byron Haskin, and has been on The Firm partner's wish list for years.
No word yet as to any directorial choices or casting, but we'll let you know long before the Martian tripods start their evil march against humanity. Are you excited to see War of the Worlds as a contemporary sci-fi thriller on MTV, or do you still wish they'd bring back the Van Halen videos?