Then, 2003 gave us Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, introducing us to Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble. We followed their mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind, tangled love story that goes beyond once in a lifetime. They endure a marital issue that requires the ultimate sacrifice and understanding between two people: time travel.
And again, 2009 gave us The Time Traveler’s Wife film, starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, and Ron Livingston. Though it received mixed reviews as a whole, the depth of the characters as a couple, as well as their emotions in dealing with Henry’s time traveling abilities, was widely praised and applauded.
Now, 2018 has given us the news that HBO has picked up the rights to create a series out of the beloved novel.
Producing and writing the series is none other than Steven Moffat of Dr. Who and Sherlock fame. Given the complicated storylines of time traveling and love, which Whovians everywhere know too well, this project has Moffat’s name written all over it. But if you have any doubts about that, read this:
“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.” – Steven Moffat
HE specifically wrote an episode inspired by the novel, and then SHE wrote about that episode in her next novel. How do you top that?
You get Moffat and Niffenegger together, and then you make an HBO series out of it.
HBO acquired the rights to both this project, and A-List creator Moffat, in perfect timing, as the competition has been fierce; HBO managed to outbid other streaming platforms, including Amazon, for three major projects so far.
No word on a release date, but when it comes to Steven Moffat, we know we’ll be kept on our toes.