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MTV developing War of the Worlds TV show instead of music videos

10.13.2016

Huh. That's not news I think anyone was suspecting to hear today. Don't get me wrong, we should have suspected it with all these films (i.e. EXORCIST, LETHAL WEAPON, 12 MONKEYS, WESTWORLD) being turned into TV shows, but this one just seems out there. Especially for MTV. (And even if its based on a book, most people know of it from the '50s version or the Spielberg remake).

I mean whatever, hell, the idea could work...in the sense that any idea could work. If someone could make a Sundance darling out of Harry Potter farting for two hours and have it actually be emotionally-affecting at the same time, sure, you could make a WAR OF THE WORLDS TV show on MTV. However, the fact that the producer of TEEN WOLF is spearheading the project doesn't give me a ton of confidence, but who knows.

There's not much more news on the project - like cast, release date, or plot synopsis - other than the announcement. However, I'm concerned about two major things right off the bat: a) how are you going to do the massive destruction necessary for the story on a cable-TV budget (even if the '50s version wasn't as bombastic as Spielberg's remake, it still was super-expensive for its time), and b) how are you going to (SPOILER) make the aliens dying of the sniffles not anti-climatic after (presumably, if it's picked up and successful) tens of hours of story? That would be more of a cop-out than LOST's awful "the sideways universe is Heaven" reveal, or ALF being taken by government agents with no resolution. You could change the ending, but I always felt it was kind of the point of the story.

Again, who knows, I'll keep an open mind. MTV shows are hit-and-miss, but when they're hit you get awesome things like BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD, CLONE HIGH, and THE MAXX. So we'll see. 

What do you guys think? And what movie do you think would actually make a good TV adaptation?  

  

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Extra Tidbit: The story of Orson Welles' radio play of WAR OF THE WORLDS causing wide-spread pandemonium is false, even if it's often quoted as fact. Still was a damn good radio play, regardless.
Source: Deadline

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9:05AM on 10/17/2016
Well, Falling Skies sorta worked and sorta didn't work on TNT. The revived V also somewhat worked. I suppose that a TV studio has a certain trick for doing this plot. Emphasize the shit out of the human drama and, occasionally, show the neat-o aliens and accompanying special effects.
Well, Falling Skies sorta worked and sorta didn't work on TNT. The revived V also somewhat worked. I suppose that a TV studio has a certain trick for doing this plot. Emphasize the shit out of the human drama and, occasionally, show the neat-o aliens and accompanying special effects.
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2:51PM on 10/14/2016

Wait

wasn't this already a short lived TV show in the 80's LOL guess it could work.
wasn't this already a short lived TV show in the 80's LOL guess it could work.
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6:11AM on 10/14/2016
I miss the days when MTV stood for Music Television, not reality shows.
I miss the days when MTV stood for Music Television, not reality shows.
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3:14AM on 10/14/2016
basically MTV wanted to capitalize on the horror tv genre by doing an alien invasion movie. but instead of marketing an original idea, they call in War of the Worlds. I fell like , good or bad, this will have next to nothing to do with War of the Worlds and only use that title to sell the show

im still waiting for my War of the Worlds animated musical. Music by Jeff Wayne. If you havent heard his War of the Worlds psychodelic rock-opera, do yourself a favor and check it out. perfect mode
basically MTV wanted to capitalize on the horror tv genre by doing an alien invasion movie. but instead of marketing an original idea, they call in War of the Worlds. I fell like , good or bad, this will have next to nothing to do with War of the Worlds and only use that title to sell the show

im still waiting for my War of the Worlds animated musical. Music by Jeff Wayne. If you havent heard his War of the Worlds psychodelic rock-opera, do yourself a favor and check it out. perfect mode music for Halloween. I say animated because i always imagine this music going perfectly with Ralph Bakshi style animation
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1:15AM on 10/14/2016

"To life... immortal"

There already was a WoTW tv-show starring Richard Chavez (Predator) among the main cast and it was awesome (gave me sleepless nights as a kid).

It didnt have city wide destruction scenes, instead it played out more like a sci-fi horror-thriller than action-adventure. Not sure how MTV one will handle this one but i'm pretty sure it wont top the one from my childhood as in, it maybe good but not better.
There already was a WoTW tv-show starring Richard Chavez (Predator) among the main cast and it was awesome (gave me sleepless nights as a kid).

It didnt have city wide destruction scenes, instead it played out more like a sci-fi horror-thriller than action-adventure. Not sure how MTV one will handle this one but i'm pretty sure it wont top the one from my childhood as in, it maybe good but not better.
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7:50PM on 10/13/2016
I realize you're trying to be clever with your joke, although I don't think it belongs in a headline, but I just thought I'd point out that MTV never developed music videos. It broadcast them. Big difference. It makes the pointless joke even more pointless.

I'll give the show a try. Could be a great Walking Dead with aliens story.
I realize you're trying to be clever with your joke, although I don't think it belongs in a headline, but I just thought I'd point out that MTV never developed music videos. It broadcast them. Big difference. It makes the pointless joke even more pointless.

I'll give the show a try. Could be a great Walking Dead with aliens story.
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9:21PM on 10/13/2016
Your post is pointless
Your post is pointless
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7:13PM on 10/13/2016
Dear MTV, please stop ruining movies with your shit TV shows. Sincerely, Scream fans.
Dear MTV, please stop ruining movies with your shit TV shows. Sincerely, Scream fans.
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7:12PM on 10/13/2016
I would love to see a movie set in the correct time period in the correct country. The juxtaposition between old military with Mars tech would be great....Spielberg wasted the license on this one and I anticipate MTV will do the same.
I would love to see a movie set in the correct time period in the correct country. The juxtaposition between old military with Mars tech would be great....Spielberg wasted the license on this one and I anticipate MTV will do the same.
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7:42PM on 10/13/2016
Yeah. I've wanted that movie all my life.
But, I'd also take a 1950's American version. One that played off the George Pal movie or the Orson Wells radio play. I think that would relate better to an American audience.
Yeah. I've wanted that movie all my life.
But, I'd also take a 1950's American version. One that played off the George Pal movie or the Orson Wells radio play. I think that would relate better to an American audience.
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7:06PM on 10/13/2016
The 2005 movie had a lot of action scenes, but it also showed how the humans were dealing with the situation. If the show follows that, it could work as a WALKING DEAD type of show. By the way, what's with the A.L.F. example? That was a cliffhanger, not a pre-planned ending.
The 2005 movie had a lot of action scenes, but it also showed how the humans were dealing with the situation. If the show follows that, it could work as a WALKING DEAD type of show. By the way, what's with the A.L.F. example? That was a cliffhanger, not a pre-planned ending.
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