Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Quiet Earth / Avery Guerra
Just over a year after it was first announced, the BBC has released the first images from their mini-series based on the John Wyndham sci fi novel "The Day of the Triffids."
The two part 90-minute drama, which is set to air December 28th-29th, was adapted for 2009 by Patrick Harbinson whose impressive resume also includes "ER" and "Law & Order."
"Triffids" also boasts an 'all-star' cast that includes Bill Masen, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley.
Filming for "The Day of the Triffids" took place in the UK last April under the direction of Nick Copus (The Summit, EastEnders) and producers Justin Bodle and Stephen Smallwood. The mini-series is a co-production between Power (UK) and Canadian production company, Prodigy Pictures.
Here is the plot:
The year is 2011 and man has finally depleted the world's fossil fuel supply. In the hunt for alternative sources they uncover the ominous Triffid, a crop now cultivated for its fuel that seems to have a life of its own.
When spectators gather globally for a much anticipated solar storm – billions of awestruck victims are left blinded in its wake.
As the few sighted survivors watch as society falls to lawlessness, the Triffids find their way out of captivity. Roaming the planet with a fatal sting and a retributive taste for human flesh, the Triffids begin to breed rapidly.
Now, Dr Bill Masen must lead the brave in their epic battle against the Triffids' reign of terror, while avoiding the maniacal opportunism of other sighted survivors, to prevent these being the last days of mankind.
This is not the BBC first dance with the "Triffids", back in 1981 the network aired a six-part mini series based on Wyndham's book, which starred John Duttine, Emma Relph and Maurice Colbourne.
That series both terrified and delighted a generation of UK sci fans who still hold it in high regard to this day.
And, of course, let's not fail to mention the 1961 film, "The Day of the Triffids", which starred Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott and Mervyn Johns.
That one fans may not remember so fondly, yet it is a great 'cult-classic', non the less.
From these images, this modern "Triffids" looks a lot like Spielberg's 2005 modern adaptation of Wells' "War of the Worlds". which depending on how you thought about that film, could be good or bad.
I actually liked it, so I think it's a positive.
Here are the new images for you to make you own assessments:
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