The project hails from The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry, the latter of whose grandfather, Gene Barry, starred in the first film adaptation — 1953’s Paramount movie directed by Byron Haskin.
War of the Worlds once again teams The Firm with Davis and Cochran, who helped put the Viacom owned cable network on the map with Teen Wolf. The series will end with its sixth and final season in 2017.
Should War of the Worlds go to series, it would join a roster of dramas that include adaptations of Scream andThe Shannara Chronicles.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.
Already in the works this season are reboots of Dynasty (The CW), Magnum P.I. (ABC), The Lost Boys (The CW),Varsity Blues (CMT), The Departed (Amazon) and L.A. Law, though the latter does not yet have a network attached.
For Davis’ part, he’s also readying a TV reboot of Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In, which is set up as a pilot at TNT.
The news comes as ABC is poised to debut Time After Time, a drama from Kevin Williamson that follows the adventures of a young H.G. Wells.