No, you aren’t experiencing déjà vu. Over 10 years ago, The Time Traveler’s Wife was a major motion picture starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. It’s just that now, in very fitting sci-fi fashion, it’s coming back with new actors, a new creative team, and a whole new outlet. And the first trailer is here.
Based on the 2003 novel by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife—coming to HBO and HBO Max in May—is about exactly that: a woman named Claire (here played by Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie) is married to a man named Henry (here played by Divergent’s Theo James) who has a very peculiar genetic disorder. He just randomly travels through time.
And while the 2003 movie was a financial success, grossing over $100 million at the box office, critics didn’t seem to like it. Now though, thanks to its new home, what was a nearly 600-page novel can be told as a six-part miniseries and not a 107-minute film. Which, from the looks of the trailer, seems like an excellent choice.
I have not see the original Time Traveler’s Wife movie or read the book, which might be why I was sucked in by that trailer. The conceit is ripe with questions and wonder. Plus the images in the trailer, of Henry disappearing at a sink or meeting his wife as a young child, are complex and interesting. There’s a sense that this is an intricate, delicate story which will be much better suited for this format than a movie.
Plus, it’s produced by Steven Moffat, who has been known to make a good television show or two (such as Doctor Who and Sherlock). All of these pieces just add up to what could potentially be a really excellent show.
The Time Traveler’s Wife debuts on HBO and HBO Max this May. Let us know what you think of the trailer below.
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