We’ve seen some fantastic adaptations lately, and we’ve seen some fantastic books adapted several times, leaving us wondering ‘but what about the other great classics’. Well, one of my favourite novels is about to get a rework for television and I couldn’t be more excited!
This week Deadline reports that H. G Wells’ The Time Machine is to be adapted by Sky television for the small screen, although they do say the project is very early in the development stage, so it may be a while away yet, it is coming!
Screenwriter Nick Payne (Wanderlust) and director Kibwa Tavares (Noughts and Crosses) are both said to be associated with the new project.
It’s not the first time the novel has been adapted, there have already been three feature films and two television adaptations, not to mention the works of fiction it has inspired.
The Time Machine is one of Wells’ most popular works, a novella written as a frame narrative. The work is credited with the popularisation of the concept of Time Travel, Wells actually coined the phrase ‘time machine’ with this book, and iconic works such as Doctor Who and even the Time Traveler’s Wife may not exist without it.
Last year marked the 150th year since the birth of H. G Wells and to mark the occasion Sky released The Nightmare Worlds of H. G Wells. This four part series starred Ray Winstone as Wells who narrated the stories and the entire series was well received, possibly inspiring this new adaptation.
As reported, the adaption is in the early stages but we’ll bring you more news as it breaks.
Classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Esio Trot, The Twits and The BFG are to get the Netflix treatment with the author’s estate announcing that there is to be a selection of animated adaptations created by the streaming giants.
It’s reported that Media Rights Capital has picked up the rights to King’s latest epic tome and plan to turn it into a ten-episode adaptation. No partner network has yet been announced but it’s likely to go to one of the many streaming services now available.
The fantasy thriller is set in the UK where dry land is scarce and teenagers must pass a exam or be sent to the disease-ridden wetlands, but the system is skewed to favour children from wealthy families who can afford information nodes, impregnated into the backs of their necks.
Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.
Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stardust, The Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.
The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!