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Steven Moffat gets back to time travelling with HBO’s The Time Traveler’s Wife series

August 18th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Getting back to one of the things he does so well, ex-Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat is bringing a TV series about time travel to our screens.

HBO has scored Moffat’s new series The Time Traveler’s Wife.

The series, based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger, is described as an intricate and magical love story about Clare and Henry and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In a very promising turn up, it seems the book is one of Moffat’s favourites: “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 realised 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.”

On the collaboration, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said: “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.”

This is the third big project from an A-list creator that HBO has landed this year in a competitive situation, bidding against streaming platforms. It joins JJ Abrams’ Demimonde and Joss Whedon’s The Nevers, announced earlier this month.  The deal for The Time Traveler’s Wife had been in the works for more than a month.

“HBO is the perfect home to tell this incredible story with all the scale and space it needs, and we’re delighted to be working with Warner Bros to bring Steven’s thrilling vision of the novel to life,” Hartswood said in a statement.

Niffenegger’s novel, published in 2003, was previously a move starring  Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, in 2009 and tells the story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who has a genetic disorder that makes him travel involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist who falls in love with him and has to deal with his condition. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap.

Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….