Behind The Scenes with Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern on ’War of the Worlds’

Variety | 10/14/2019 | Ben Croll
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“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.

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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 drama hopes to foreground the characters’ struggles — and secrets – alongside the requisite genre elements.

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Because, as Byrne sees it, “[The show’s] aliens are almost metaphorical. They could be climate change, or the nuclear apocalypse or the unpredictability of war – they’re all of those things.”

Variety attended a recent junket in Paris, and can offer the following take-aways from the event.

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This €25 million ($27.5 million), eight-episode series comes courtesy of Canal Plus and Fox which have Europe and Africa rights. AGC is distributing in North America and co-distributing with Studiocanal in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Fox is selling it in Europe.

Set to broadcast in France later this month, “War of the Worlds” bears an equally international cast.

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Alongside Byrne, the show features Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), Léa Drucker (“The Bureau”), Natasha Little (“Silent Witness”), Daisy Edgar Jones (“Cold Feet”), Stéphane Caillard (“Marseille”), Adel Bencherif (“A Prophet”) and Guillaume Gouix (“The...
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