ABC developing Time Traveler's Wife TV show

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The film version of Audrey Niffenegger's best-seller The Time Traveler's Wife opened OK—in third place, after District 9 and G.I. Joe—which I guess was good enough to persuade ABC to team up with Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Warner Brothers Television to adapt it as a weekly TV series, TheWrap.com reports.

ABC's interest in the adaptation substantially pre-dates the movie, however. The network has been talking to Kauffman "for years" about bringing the project to the small screen, industry insiders said.

Kauffman will write and executive produce.

ABC executives believe the complex plot of the original novel will work well in series form, since Kauffman will be able to explore the romantic relationship at the core of the story over the course of several seasons.

Individual episodes will likely feature self-contained storylines as well.

ABC has given Warner TV a pilot commitment for The Time Traveler's Wife, the site reported.