War of the Worlds filming in Bristol

Bristol Film Office

A modern-day TV drama version of War of the Worlds has started three weeks of location filming in Bristol in the west of England.

Based on HG Wells’ classic novel, the eight-part drama tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth, with a focus on events in Europe.

The series is being produced by Urban Myth Films as a co-production with AGC Television, Canal+ and Fox Networks Group.

Howard Overman has created and written this version of the story and is also an executive producer along with Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps of Urban Myth. Gilles Coulier is directing the first four episodes and Richard Clark will helm the final four.

“It’s been an exceptionally strong start to 2019 for filming in Bristol,” says Natalie Moore of the Bristol Film Office, which is supporting the shoot. 

“War of the Worlds is the third major title to begin filming in the city this year, after The Trial of Christine Keeler for BBC and Sanditon for ITV. 

“We supported Urban Myth Films with Bristol locations in 2016 for the making of Crazyhead which was based at The Bottle Yard, so it’s fantastic to welcome them back for this major international co-production, which will see Bristol become the backdrop for some exciting large-scale stunt scenes.”

The BBC filmed its own TV drama version of the War of the Worlds story in the UK last year, using an Edwardian time setting, closer to Wells’ original tale. 


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