HBO are embarking on a TV adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been set to pen the script and also serve as executive producer. Sue Vertue and Brian Minchin will also serve as executive producers.
The debut novel of Niffenegger is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships.
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In 2009, the story was adapted for the big screen. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film starred Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. The story follows Henry DeTamble (Bana), a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire (McAdams), who would become his wife.
The film opened third behind District 9 and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, grossing $19.2 million on its opening weekend. Grossing $101,229,792 worldwide (over $63,000,000 of which was grossed in the United States) on a $39,000,000 budget, the film was a financial success.
Moffat is already familiar with the story, whilst working on Doctor Who it acted as his inspiration for the episode The Girl In The Fireplace. The episode remains one of the most acclaimed episodes of the long-running series ever created.