Andy Muschietti is going from the sewers of Derry to traveling through time with his latest project. Muschietti only just wrapped production on IT: Chapter 2, but it’s been announced that he will be directing a re-imagined version of The Time Machine. The ambitious book by H.G. Wells was first published in 1895 and is considered to be the granddaddy of the science fiction genre.
Barbara Muschietti (Mama) has once again teamed with her brother Andy to write up a treatment for the film. She will also produce alongside Leonard DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Jennifer Davisson (The Revenant). Deadline Hollywood reports that Warner Bros. is taking the lead on the film creatively, but is partnered with Paramount Pictures and Appian Way.
The Time Machine follows the journey of a time traveler from Victorian England into the future 802,701 years AD. There he finds the warring races of the Eloi and the Morlocks. One, a celestial species and the other subterranean, respectively. When his device goes missing in the dying world of the future, he must search the new land to find it.
The enthralling novella has been adapted several times for both television and film (as well as for comics and radio). In 1960, George Pal (The War of the Worlds) directed the first film adaptation. Several made for TV movies were also created before the return of The Time Machine to the big screen. In 2002 Guy Pearce starred as the unnamed time traveler in the film directed by Simon Wells, (the great-grandson of H.G. Wells!). Though the Pearce-lead film was a big-budget adventure, it was met with a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences alike.
So what can we expect from a re-imagined The Time Machine? As a fan of the novella, I’m eager to see what The Muschietti’s create and how visionary writer H.G. Wells inspired them. While science fiction may seem different from the films the duo is known for, Wells has plenty of menacing monsters in his work. The Time Machine, in the right hands, could certainly end up being a dreadfully dynamic film.
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