John Wyndham ‘s novel The Midwich Cuckoos has become a Sky TV series.
Composed of eight episodes and written by David Farr , creator of the Amazon Hanna series (based on a film he wrote himself), this series will make its overseas debut next summer. We can get a taste thanks to the trailer.
The series is produced by Route 24 and Snowed-In Productions, starring Keeley Hawes ( Bodyguard ) and Max Beesley ( Homeland ).
In Italy, the novel, originally published in 1957, was published in the Urania series by Mondadori with the title I sons of the invasion .
The story is that of the inhabitants of the English village of Midwich, who mysteriously faint at the same time, under the influence of an alien force. Nine months later, the women of the village give birth to strange children with telepathic abilities. Children act in unison, ruled by two collective minds, one for boys and one for girls. The military will try to counter them, after discovering that similar events occurred simultaneously in other parts of the world.
The Midwich Cuckoos has been transposed twice to the big screen. The first adaptation, written by Oscar-winningStirling Silliphant ( Inspector Tibbs’ Hot Night , Crystal Hell ), came out in 1960, therefore close to the book. It is considered a classic of science fiction and kept the original English setting. John Carpenter’s remake is instead considered one of his minor films. Released in 1995,Village of the Damned shifts the setting to North Carolina, but otherwise remains quite faithful to the original film. The cast of the remake included Christopher Reeve , Kirstie Alley and Mark Hamill .