“The Time Traveler’s Wife” moves from novel to movie to TV


Having gone to college where The Time Traveler’s Wife author, Audrey Niffenegger, teaches, I read the book pretty soon after it came out. The campus was all abuzz about the debut novel, and after Oprah included it in her book club (which is usually a turn-off), I decided I better see what all the fuss was about.

If you haven’t read it, you probably know enough by now: It’s a love story. It involves time traveling, which is a totally ridiculous notion, but the way Niffenegger writes it, you never once question it as a fact.

The movie finally came out last weekend, and sure, it wasn’t as good (or detailed, or passionate, or emotional) as the novel, that was no surprise. Movie adaptations are almost never as good as the original, written version, but having Rachel McAdams involved certainly didn’t hurt.

The film made $20 million in its first three days, and most reviews seem to say about the same thing: It’s not as good as the novel (duh), but it doesn’t suck, either. Success!

And now, The Time Traveler’s Wife will be coming to TV , too.

According to The Wrap, Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Warner Bros. Television are teaming with ABC to make this novel-turned-film into a new weekly series, and that they’ve actually been considering this “for years” before the movie came out.

It’s one thing to accept The Hulk (Eric Bana) as the librarian time traveler, Henry, but now we’ll have to get used to the idea of a whole new cast playing these parts on a weekly basis. Part of me is excited, since I love the story so much, but the other part is thinking, overkill?

Would you be interested in The Time Traveler’s Wife television series, even if you already know how it will eventually end? Have you seen the movie?

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