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.
The fantastic book series will be adapted by screenwriter Steve Thompson, known for Sherlock and Doctor Who, producer John Yorke, of Life on Mars fame and executive producer Richard Stokes who has worked on Broadchurch, and Torchwood, to develop the adaptation.
Actor Ben Whishaw who voiced the bear in Paddington the Movie and its sequel will reprise his role for the new CGI-animated series. The series will follow the adventures of a young Paddington Bear and will air worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.
Gaiman says that Cumberbatch’s Prince of Darkness will be a giant animated Satan who appears 400 feet high. The star, known for Sherlock and other things, will appear on episode six of the series and we now also have a release date of 31st May too!
The show is being developed by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Akiva Goldsman (Titans, Star Trek: Discovery) and Stephen King himself and it looks as though shooting will start in mid-April!
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are best known for their work on the BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock respectively. After Moffat’s departure from the Doctor Who team, and Benedict Cumberbatch busily working with the Marvel universe, the two writers have had some time to work on new material.
They’ve chosen to dig up the old story of Dracula by Bram Stoker, and bring it to life in the form of a mini series with the help from the BBC and Netflix.
Set in Victorian Britain, this version will star Claes Bang (The Affair) as the undead hero Dracula: “the vampire who made evil sexy”, alongside Dolly Wells (Doll and Em), John Heffernan (The Crown), and Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal).
It will hit our screens this year, on the BBC in the UK and on Netflix internationally.
Keep an eye out for the trailer once filming commences!