HBO has landed 'The Time Traveler’s Wife', a drama from top UK producer-writer Steven Moffat, who is best known for “Sherlock” and Doctor Who” shows, with a straight to series order.
Written by Moffat based on Audrey Niffenegger’s bestseller, The Time Traveler’s Wife is described as an intricate and magical love story about Clare and Henry. The story follows Henry, a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and his wife Clare, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.
“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,” Moffat said in a statement.
According to HBO, Moffat will also serve as executive producer on the project alongside Sue Vertue and Brian Minchin.
“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, Moffat said.
So far, the studio has not provided an episode count and casting is yet to begin.
The series will be produced by Hartswood Films in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The novel was previously adapted into a 2009 film by New Line division, featuring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in the lead.
This is the third major project from an A-list creator that HBO has landed in the current year in a competitive situation, bidding against streaming platforms.
(With inputs from agencies)