The Time Machine Morlocks

Andy Muschietti to direct H.G. Wells' The Time Machine produced by Leonardo DiCaprio

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Nov 1, 2018

Director Andy Muschietti is very quickly filling up his dance card. 

Just days after it was announced that the It and It: Chapter 2 director is going to helm a live-action Attack on Titan movie, now he's also set to remake one of the all-time great sci-fi stories. Deadline reports that Muschietti will direct a "reimagined" version of the H.G. Wells classic The Time Machine.

Per the report, Muschietti's already written a treatment for the film with producing partner and sister Barbara Muschietti. The project was said to be in the very early stages of development back in August, prior to the director's involvement. Barbara Muschietti is producing alongside Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio (yes, THAT Leo) and Jennifer Davisson.

The story follows an inventor in Victorian-era England who invents a way to travel through time, which takes him to the distant future to see humanity evolved into warring factions. He then goes even further into the future, eventually watching the Earth being swallowed up by the sun, before returning to his present-day era.

Though the property has been retold in several media, this will mark the third feature film adaption of Wells' tale. There was the 1960 adaption from writer/director George Pal, who'd previously helmed another Wells adaption, 1953's War of the Worlds. The film took home an Oscar for special effects that year. Then came the 2002 version starring Guy Pearce, which was directed by Wells' great-grandson Simon Wells.

The 2002 version was executive-produced by Arnold Leibovit, who will reprise his role in Muschietti's version, though the similarities might stop there. Apparently, Warner Bros. will be "steering the picture creatively," though it's unclear what exactly that will entail.

It's also unclear if this announcement will have any effect on his work with Attack on Titan; SYFY WIRE has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment. In the meantime, Muschietti recently wrapped shooting on It: Chapter Two, which will hit theaters on Sept. 9, 2019. He's also attached to a live-action adaption of another anime classic, Robotech

Are you excited to check out an all-new version of The Time Machine on the big screen? Let us know in the comments.


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