H.G. Wells is on the hunt for Jack the Ripper in first Time After Time trailer

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May 18, 2016, 3:15 PM EDT

The first official trailer for ABC’s Jack the Ripper & H.G. Wells time travel series Time After Time has finally dropped. 

The upcoming series will feature the time-travel adventures of The Doctor legendary sci-fi author H.G. Wells as he pursues Jack the Ripper through time with his awesome time machine. Finding himself in modern-day Manhattan, he discovers a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him. Cause she's a gun-toting Texan.

The brainchild of Kevin Williamson (Scream, The Vampire Diaries), Time After Time is based not only on the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander but also on the very cool 1979 movie (I suggest you see it before the series airs) that starred Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells and David Warner as Jack the Ripper.

The series stars Freddie Stroma (Harry Poter, UnREAL) in the role of H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman (Revenge) as John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper, Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6, Tusk) as Jane and Regina Taylor (The Unit, Dig) as Vanessa Anders. Marcos Siega (The Following, Blindspot) directed the pilot written by Kevin Williamson, and both will serve as executive producers on the TV show.

The trailer for ABC's Time After Time is very reminiscent of the 1975 movie (since the movie served as one of the springboards for the new series, that’s to be expected) but with a few surprising twists of its own. I’ve included both trailers below so you can compare.


I'm not a fan of the voiceover at the beginning, but the rest of the trailer looks great. This is the third time-travel series set to debut in the fall, alongside Timeless on NBC and Making History at Fox. Starz already has Outlander, The CW, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and let's not forget the granddaddy of all time-travel series: Doctor Who. Wait. Does this mean that time travel is the new zombies?

Time After Time will premiere sometime in the fall on ABC. What did you think of the trailer? Will this be a must-watch for you?