The Time Traveler's Wife: Steven Moffat Discusses HBO Series Adapt

The Time Traveler's Wife, Steven Moffat's TV adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's bestselling novel for HBO, will premiere this Spring. Moffat talked about the upcoming show at HBO's virtual TCA press day. "We're not messing around with the stuff that really matters," Steven Moffat, executive producer of HBO's upcoming series adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's book The Time Traveler's Wife, declared. The Time Traveler's Wife stars Rose Leslie as Clare Abshire, Theo James as Henry DeTamble, Desmin Borges as Gomez, and Natasha Lopez as Charisse. The six-part series is an intricate and magical love story and tells the tale of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

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"What is thrilling of the interaction of time travel and a love story here, is it makes the most common phenomenon of a completely happy marriage, interesting again. Love stories, or love movies, tend to end at the altar. We never do the bit where people are perfectly happy for decades because it seems like a dramatic thing. By scrambling it all up and constantly reminding you that love is inextricably linked to loss, which is a cheery thought, you make this very common phenomenon of a happy marriage, thrilling and full of attention and tragedy," Moffat said. "I do love a time travel story in general, as my career would suggest."

James called Moffat's use of time travel "delicious," although he pointed out that on some days he would be shooting one year at the beginning of the day and another age at the end of the day.

Moffat also addressed the difference between the 2009 movie starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. "We can tell the whole story, the movie was a quite intelligently abbreviated version but abbreviating it you miss all the detail and complexity and make it all about the time travel and not about the love story," he said.

The Time Traveler's Wife is produced by HBO and Warner Bros Television with Moffat, Sue Vertue, and Brian Minchin executive producing via their company Hartswood Films along with Joseph E. Iberti and director David Nutter, who has directed many episodes of The X-Files and Game of Thrones.

Of course, Moffat had previously lifted liberally from the nonlinear love story of The Time Traveler's Wife during his time on Doctor Who, starting with his episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" and then with River Song's (Alex Kingston) entire story arc with the 10th (David Tennant), 11th (Matt Smith) and 12th (Peter Capaldi) Doctors.

The Time Traveler's Wife will premiere on HBO and HBO Max in Spring 2022.

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About Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.
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