Steven Moffat's Series Adaptation of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Has Landed at HBO
Steven Moffat, who is best known for his work on Doctor Who and Sherlock, has been developing a series adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's The Tim Traveler's Wife. It's now being reported that HBO has landed the drama and they've given it a straight to series order.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is described as an "intricate and magical love story about Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem… time travel." Moffat had this to say in a statement:
"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."
This is obviously a passion project for Moffat and HBO is a great place for him to develop it. They'll give him the creative freedom that he needs to bring his vision to life. HBO president of programming Casey Bloys added:
"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."
I have no doubt that this series will be better than the 2009 film adaptation that starred Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. I'm not saying the film was bad, I'm just saying that this series will most likely be better because of Moffat's involvement.
The book tells the story of Henry DeTamble, "a dashing, adventuresome librarian who has a genetic disorder that makes him travels 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."
As a fan of Moffat's work, I'm excited to see how this latest adaptation of this story is brought to life.