ABC orders pilot for H.G. Wells time travel series Time After Time

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Jan 29, 2016, 11:05 AM EST

H.G. Wells wrote some of the greatest science fiction tales in history, but now the author himself is stepping into the spotlight with a new series at ABC.

The network has placed a pilot order for Time After Time, a new genre series based on Kari Alexander’s 1979 novel about a version of Wells who actually built his own real time machine. It makes for an ambitious time-travel adventure detective story (Jack the Ripper also plays a supporting role). The book was previously adapted into a film starring Malcolm McDowell.

According to Variety, the network hopes to use the book as a starting point, with the series itself “chronicling the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine.” Think, maybe, a dash of Sherlock with a tidbit of Doctor Who and a pinch of Warehouse 13? Hmm, that could definitely work. Alt-history stuff is all the rage these days, with The Man in the High Castle burning up the streaming charts, and Wells could be a very fun character to mine.

The series seems like a quirky pitch, but it’s coming from a heavy hitter behind the scenes, with TV veteran Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream, The Following) pulling the strings for Warner Bros. Television. 

Would you like to see this one eventually make it to the screen?

(Via Variety)