The BBC has announced it is to remake another sci-fi legend, with John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic novel The Day Of The Triffids following Doctor Who and Survivors onto the BBC One schedules.
Updated from Wyndham’s 1951 novel, the two part 90-minute drama us set in 2011 when 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 billions of humans are left blinded by a solar storm the Triffids find their way out of captivity and begin a reign of terror.
The 2009 version is being written by ER and Law & Order writer Patrick Harbinson and is being produced by independent producers, Power.
Power’s Justin Bodle says the production says: “Armed with a fantastic contemporary and highly topical script, based on Wyndham’s cult classic, we look forward to delivering a major drama event for a 21st century audience.”
The Day Of The Triffids has previously been adapted for BBC radio in 1953, 1957 and 1968 and for television in 1981. it was also adapted for the BBC World Service in 2001.