BWW Previews: HBO Buys Right to Steven Moffat's Upcoming TV Series Based on THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE By Audrey Niffenegger

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Did you love the 2003 best-selling novel THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger? Were you a fan of the 2009 movie adaptation starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, or did you wish it dug a little deeper into the side characters that were so instrumental in making the story come to life?

Never fear, because a TV series is on the horizon. People always complain that the movie is never as good as the book, that so many things are overlooked due to time restraints. The best thing about a TV series, on the other hand, is that there is time to explore all those smaller nuances and bring the book to life and make it much closer to the contents of the book.

The series will be written and produced by Steven Moffat, already acclaimed at time traveling antics thanks to his days as Doctor Who showrunner. Sue Vertue (Sherlock) and Brian Minchin (Torchwood, Doctor Who) will also produce the series. The series will release under Warner Bros Television.

HBO won the rights to the series amidst a heated bidding war and will go straight-to-series.

Moffat told Deadline, "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."

There is no release date or casting news as of yet, but preparations for the series are already roaring forward. BroadwayWorld will keep you covered as more news is revealed!


A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn't stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals-steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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