The Time Traveler’s Wife is headed to HBO to be adapted as a television series.
Steven Moffat, the creative maestro responsible for the current relaunched iteration of Doctor Who, as well as Sherlock, is set to write and develop an HBO television series adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, reports Deadline. The project, which has received a straight-to-series order, was reportedly pursued by several outlets, stoking a competitive situation, with premium cabler HBO ultimately emerging victorious.
With The Time Traveler’s Wife, Moffat has found a television project that’s firmly in his topical wheelhouse. The story centers on Henry DeTamble – a man with a rare genetic disorder that causes him to randomly shift in time – and his time-displaced romance with eventual wife, Clare, who he meets as an adult, only to discover she’s known him her entire life, having first met when she was a child, which, for him, had yet to occur. Consequently, their relationship – at least from his perspective – is one that’s not chronologically linear.
Pertinently, Moffat’s legendary tenure on Doctor Who, which came to a close after the 2017 Christmas special, prominently featured the ongoing time-displaced romance – stretched across the starring runs of David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi – between the Doctor and River Song (Alex Kingston), with River experiencing the relationship in non-linear fashion, notably with the intriguing time-travelling intersection in which the Doctor’s very first meeting with River happened to be their last moment together from her perspective.
Indeed, it’s no coincidence that Moffat landed The Time Traveler’s Wife project, since he admits that the book influenced his work, stating:
“I read Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife many years ago, and I fell in love with it. In fact, I wrote a Doctor Who episode called “The Girl In The Fireplace” as a direct response to it. When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching that very episode, I realized she was probably on to me. All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true. The brave new world of long form television is now ready for this kind of depth and complexity. It’s a story of happy ever after – but not necessarily in that order.”
HBO president of programming Casey Bloys also chimes on the acquisition, stating:
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Steven Moffat, Hartswood and WBTV on The Time Traveler’s Wife. Steven’s passion is evident in every project he’s written and we are certain that his love and respect for this mesmerizing and textured novel will make it a quintessential HBO series.”
Moviegoers know The Time Traveler’s Wife best from the 2009 movie by director Robert Schwentke, which starred Eric Bana as Henry and Rachel McAdams as adult Clare. However, in serial form on a creatively amenable platform like HBO with Steven Moffat in the creative engine room, the mythos could evolve far beyond anything we’ve seen thus far.
We will keep you updated on HBO’s The Time Traveler’s Wife as things develop!
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