VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED Miniseries in the Works

The Night Manager and Hanna writer David Farr is developing an eight-part series adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids author John Wyndham’s sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos aka Village of the Damned.

The book has already been adapted twice: Wolf Rilla gave it a shot in 1960 and then Halloween director John Carpenter took a swing in 1995.

Deadline reports this adaptation is produced Marc Samuelson (Arlington Road) and Snowed-In Productions (The Casual Vacancy, Strike).

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Carpenter’s version starred Christopher Reeve (Superman) and Kirstie Alley (Look Who’s Talking) and took place ten months after the small California town of Midwich is struck by a mysterious event during which everyone in the village fell unconscious at once, 10 local women give birth on the same day. As the unsettlingly calm and unemotional children grow at an abnormally fast rate, it becomes clear that they can read adults’ minds and force people to harm themselves. Local doctor Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve) and federal agent Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) must team up to battle the alien children.

The film sports a 29% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: With John Carpenter at the helm and an eclectic onscreen ensemble, this Village of the Damned should be distinguished by more than its improved special effects.



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