After all his Doctor Who time-muckery, producer and writer Steven Moffat is going back into the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff with something a little more dear to sci-fi readers’ hearts. Audrey Niffenegger’s beloved novel The Time Traveler’s Wife is being adapted into a series by Moffat for HBO, and the marriage between Clare and Henry is going to get weird.
According to HBO, Moffat will write the series and executive-produce alongside Sue Vertue and Brian Minchin — and, like the film adaptation before it, it’s not going to be a small endeavor. One of the production companies involved, Hartswood Films, said that “HBO is the perfect home to tell this incredible story with all the scale and space it needs” — hinting that Moffat is taking the series big and expansive.
Hearing it straight from the former Who showrunner makes it sound like a match made in a time paradox (like giving your past self a hug). “I read Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife many years ago, and I fell in love with it,” Moffat said. “In fact, I wrote a Doctor Who episode called 'The Girl In The Fireplace' as a direct response to it.” The interplay between creators — both with an interest in the temporal — didn’t stop there.
“When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching that very episode,” Moffat said, “I realised she was probably on to me. All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true.”
Die-hard fans are likely very protective of the story, so it remains to be seen if Moffat can create an adaptation to live up to their vision. That said, Moffat is one of the few writers with such extensive time-travel experience on his writing resume, so he may be able to pull this one off after all.