His era as Doctor Who showrunner may be over, but Steven Moffat will be back for more timey-wimey drama when he adapts The Time Traveler’s Wife for HBO.
Based on the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife is an intricate, magical love story about Henry DeTamble and his wife Clare Abshire. Due to a genetic disorder, Henry involuntary travels through time – so when Clare falls in love with him, she must learn to deal with his condition. The two are caught in an impossible romantic trap, but their love endures across the ages.
Steven Moffat says the following about his new adaptation:
“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.”
Meanwhile, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys comments:
“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 mesmerising and textured novel will make it a quintessential HBO series.”
Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Brian Minchin will executive produce through their Hartswood Films. HBO will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television, which has the rights to the title.