Since then, we've enjoyed (with a little less hysteria) George Pal’s film of 1953, Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, and a bizarre theatrical adaptation of the classic novel, set to the music of Jeff Wayne’s mighty prog rock concept album.
And now, the story is back. This time, we're doing away with the rock music or contemporary updates, and returning the story to Edwardian London.
Who is in the War of the Worlds cast?
What is the plot of War of the Worlds on BBC One?
‘The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror,’ says writer Peter Harness.
Don’t expect an entirely faithful adaptation, though. Amy and George are both original characters created especially for the three-part series and director Craig Viveiros is intent upon making ‘a modern thrill ride for the audience, delivering an alien invasion story that will shock and awe audiences across the globe.’
War of the Worlds release date: TBD but likely to be sometime this autumn